We were never designed to be lonely. There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness.
Music is a communal experience: it can be an outlet, but more so it’s an experience that everyone can come together in.
Everyone already has what they need when it comes to creating, the most essential ingredient, which is their story. Their “gospel account.”
Interpretation and perspective matters when it comes to our story and writing.
Close & Personal
Get up close and personal with your own vulnerability, your own humanity, so that He can meet you with compassion.
There’s this belief that we need to become more spiritual, but we are spiritual because we are born with a body, soul, and spirit.
For Amanda, songwriting was like survival for her. It was like breathing.
Julia Cameron, “The Right to Write” is one of Amanda’s favorite authors and shares about the importance of writing.
The practice of paying attention is as much of a spiritual practice as a practical practice.
Practicing the little things during the smallest moments can sometimes be the most significant in your journey of growth.
When becoming preoccupied by the end product, it can take away the magic of being present in the creative process and journey.
The Five Minute Journal (Gratitude Journal / Recommended App)
Assessment is good for certain situations, but self assessment for better performance isn’t kind to yourself.
It’s great to be the change, but wise to come in low, be willing to listen, learn about and be affected by the culture you’re desiring to change or grow.
Songwriting is similar to subliminal messages, it can take a while for the actual heart and message of the song to sink in deep. It’s truly worth listening to over and over again.
If you want to write songs that help shift and change things; listening, reading and learning is essential.
Learn the language of your culture, learn about what’s being talked about, be involved.
A Speaker vs A Communicator: A speaker will wonder how their talk did, while a communicator is more concerned with the connection and communion of the room. Music is such a beautiful way of connection and communion. Rather than just talking at someone, you’re creating a place for conversation and communion.
Practice sitting around tables, listening and asking questions.
Julia Cameron talks about how our role as a scribe in our culture is more about jotting things down than thinking things up. Catch yourself just noticing things, rather than trying to stir up a revelatory thought.
We can never run out of wonder or new ideas, we’re called to live in an eternity of exploration and wonder.