Many of you know that in addition to being a full-time writer, I'm also a solo piano recording artist.
For some reason, I thought I had to keep these two sides of my life separate. Part of that was the fear multi-artists can have that people will think: "He can't possibly be qualified in multiple areas: You know, "Jack of all trades - master of none."
I think things are changing for what one writer calls us "slashes." Marci Alboher calls people who operate equally in multiple areas "slashes." Some examples of "slashes/" are:
- architects/personal trainers,
- student/personal chef
- I.T. tech/musician
I read about a psychotherapist who also makes violins that sell for $15,000 each to high-end orchestral clients. Or, you can look at the classic case of DaVinci. His own brilliance covered such sweeping pursuits as painting, architecture, the anatomy of the human body, and even the design of tanks and advanced weaponary. The man who painted the "Last Supper" also excelled in geometry and architecture. [I wrote a past post on the Renaissance Man.]
By pen or piano, the goal is restoration for the heart.
I'm introducing what really isn't another side of me, but rather a different expression for my creative outflow. I write books and I compose music both for the sake of restoration. I still write daily and love that. But the music expresses things my writing doesn't. It's a perfect marriage.
In fact, in the future, The Good and Noble Heart Creative Studios [me] will be introducing a project series called "The Restoration Sessions" that will combine both my teaching message of the Good and Noble Heart with my solo piano music.
As a former pianist/keyboardist for large worship events, I used to create "worshipscapes" and prayer backdrops for different elements going on in the worship moment. Music can reach wounds and gently gain access to places that words might not have permission. By combining word [teaching] and music, I get to offer the synergy of both.
I'll also be working on my second solo piano album. My first was recorded on a Steinway Concert Grand and was called, "RESTORATION." They are all originals. "Emotion. Touch. Sensitivity" might describe the contemplative piano pieces on that album. For now, enjoy. [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.]