To positively move forward, we must create new normals. We must
shift our ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. We must embrace the
world around us and become part of its story. We must tell new stories.
First, expect beauty.
Move from a place where beauty is only captured in art museums, ocean
side vacations, or photoshopped models. Instead, start noticing color,
texture, depth, creation, conversation, uniqueness, and love. When we
do that, everything begins to change. We can expect to be surrounded by
fragments of beauty each and every day.
Second, revel in it.
When we see beauty, capture it, breathe it, draw it, etc. We must do
whatever we can to experience the beauty we've found ourselves in.
Third, make it our story.
The story of beauty needs telling, and retelling, and retelling again.
Because in the story of beauty, is a story of creation, creativity,
humanity, and love. When we experience beauty, we must be confident in
the promise that, "It is good." And in the goodness of this new found
beauty, may we make it our own stories to tell.
100% true. The molecular properties of the foods you consume are
brought into your body, alter your own physical and psychological
makeup, and produce everything from growth to moods, disease to
Now consider this phrase: "you are what you art."
has always been something that compels, confronts, confuses, and
creates new worlds. Cultures change because of art; politics are
overturned, and the world is changed forever.
artist has an incredible role within humanity. The truest artist has
always been on the forefront of creating culture - not simply reacting
Which brings me again, to the new phrase, you are what you art.
Biologist James Zull writes, "Neuroscience
tells us that the products of the mind--thought, emotions, artistic
creation--are the result of the interactions of the biological brain
with our senses and the physical world: in short, that thinking and
learning are the products of a biological process…This realization, that
learning actually alters the brain by changing the number and strength
of synapses, offers a powerful foundation for rethinking everything."
Art changes the mind, which changes the biology in one's brain and the physical world.
the following artist…the chef who refuses to use genetically modified
plants and animals to create a dish that is sustaining the biology of
the consumer, as much as he/she is sustaining the environment.
culinary artist is transforming how we think about food, how we consume
it, and even our most basic genetic and biological synapses.
consider the poet or songwriter…he/she writes to provoke and change a
once held truth. Over time these ideas and hopes become reality.
There's an incredible amount of power in the words, chords, melodies,
and textures that the artist is creating; so much so, that our
biological synapses are modified and we become a different person (in
thought, reaction, and as society).
Are you creating beauty and tension and words and worlds that is worthy of biological change?
Consider your art in these terms.
Consider the power of what you create.
Because you truly are what you art.
My grandma (Mimi) passed away on September 26th. On the 25th the family stood around praying and laughing and loving. As I left that night, I had a song inside that I needed to write. I wrote it over the weekend and we played it at her funeral last Tuesday. It was the hardest song I've ever recorded. I'd get a line in and would break down in tears. But I finally got through it - though you can still hear my voice is on the verge throughout.