I’m so excited for you to meet my friend Ben Thomas. He is an amazing artist and has some great things to share with us about creating and the process of releasing his new album, Bring Forth.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • His life with music
  • The intersection of what he loves to do and what he gets paid to do
  • The tension of doing what you love while getting paid for it
  • Feeling like you have to be in the right mindset to create
  • Creating is like drawing water from a well
  • Being okay with the season you are in
  • When you ship something, you say “this is something I made and I’m really proud of it”
  • The process of shipping can be like therapy
  • The healthy version of him is centered around action
  • Guilt and shame around not creating during parts of your life
  • Motivating yourself to go beyond our guilt and shame
  • Something deeper and real will come from creating out of our life experiences
  • His process of reimagining hymns
  • The church needs more true art
  • True art is meant to move us and inspire and provoke us and challenge us, and help us see something new inside of us
  • How we are intentional at The Orchard about our space and music
  • How the album reflects creation and co-creating with our Creator
  • We are walking recreators, partnering with God
  • The natural rhythm of DAWN, DAY and DUSK
  • His Kickstarter fundraiser that exceeded his goal in two days
  • The fear of knowing he needed to do the Kickstarter
  • How he worked internally to figure out the hangups that were holding him back
  • How walking through the fear changes you
  • Art moves you
  • Listen to your gut. You have the answer within you
  • When you get addicted to the experiences, it will hijack your art

You can order the movements on Ben’s website. I highly recommend that you check it out! You can also follow Ben on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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