As I make my journey through this advent and watch Christmas movies, and wonder where all the beautiful music shows of Christmas went, I thought about what can I take from this season, from the Messiah that some of the Jewish people embraced even while others did not?
The core is to be authentic and true to my core That mans to be authentic to who I am as an artist, which means I write as and when inspired and in the genres that suddenly come to me, given to me. That means recording raw, A Capella maybe not perfect, but from the heart. I realize it also means that I really want to use my gifts, focus them on inspiring and empowering to faith, to love, to release to have new life. That is who I am and what I am here for. This is a great gift of realization and reflection I am gleaning from this Advent season. It means I wear my heart on my sleeves, which means at times people will be uncomfortable because I extend my friendship, my heart to them freely. Does it hurt when they don’t respond etc..? Sure it does. However, it won’t stop me from being me, from extending my heart, my friendship and if that is embraced or not well I will still extend it. If they reject it is their loss of a great heart, great friendship and person they could have had as part of their life and I could have had as part of my life. I hope I never stop extending my heart, my friendship, even if does get rejected, snubbed. Even as an artist I hope that when I perform I feel and live every word I speak and sing.
This is my gift of Advent and Christmas, reminder to be authentic and keep giving my heart, friendship even if it is not embraced, that’s okay. Same with my arts, just keep doing it, not for the money, but for the love and the money will come. I have faith.