As I've been working on the material for the next collection of worship songs, I've been processing over what "art" is.  I am, of course, coming from the angle of music-as-art, but these ideas certainly apply to all avenues of artistry.  Some of my random thoughts:

*I wonder what makes art 'valuable.'  
Does it have to do with how many people enjoy it?  
Does it have to do with how much time, money, or effort goes into producing it?

*If your art aims to please one audience but instead pleases an entirely different audience, is that considered a success or a failure?

*The beauty of music-as-art in the studio is that I can choose as many (or as few) instruments, notes, rhythms, and lyrics as I want.  
Is the writer/performer of a simple song labeled as boring and a beginner, or are they praised for making bold and accessible choices? 
Is the writer/performer of a complex song labeled as someone who "doesn't know when to stop", or are they praise for making intricate and complex choices?

*Ultimately, do I rest in the truth -- much like a dad praises his kids who come home from school with fingerpainted pictures, God is THRILLED when His children create art that reflects their passion for Him  --  or do I become consumed with how other people react to my creation?  

It's an interesting road to walk down, but I know that in the end, God is the focus.  Not me, my glory, my success, my 'legitimacy' in whatever industry one feels like clumping me in.  The focus is creating for the Father, singing the song He's put in my heart.  

To me, THAT is art.

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