Sometimes, Art Requires Improvisation

October 19, 2010 — 2 Comments

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I saw this video on YouTube this morning (thanks to my buddy @mikey_d_esq) and was really impressed.

Yes it is very cool that they played a song on their iPhones and that it sounded great…

But i was impressed by the way they chose to improvise to keep their art alive. They could have easily just given-up on playing for a while after all their equipment was stolen… and most of us just might. But they took an unconventional approach and continued to share the art they love, their music, with the rest of the world… or at least a subway train full of commuters.

It really posed the question, for me,

do i throw in the towel when adversity “strikes” or do i improvise and continue to create?

Do i let the roadblocks and “thieves” in my life prevent me from creating, writing and moving forward? Do i push forward despite opposition to continue creating?

What about you? Have you done anything new or improvised a creative solution to help you over a “hump”, in order to continue creating?

  • Tim Schulz

    I can't claim to have experienced loss of the material sort, though I feel lately as if God is preparing me for the possibility as my small business grows. The purpose of my business is to fascilitate/generate renewal in the lives of the people I will eventually hire. While this is a "noble" intent and God has been faithfully growing it, I think that He is gently reminding me daily that it is His project; I am merely a tool in His massive toolbox. The reality is that the nature of my business lends itself to the possibility that I will experience theft or similar setbacks. It is up to me to remember and act upon the truth that the business belongs to God and anything that happens, positive or negative, is because He allows it.

    I appreciate you sharing this example.

  • thejrowe

    Hey Tim!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! You've given us all an important reminder… that God is in charge. All things happen because He allows them and we need to remember, whatever our situation, that nothing catches God by surprise and that He is walking with us.