I saw a video the other day on YouTube of a solo composer/performer playing (what I think he believes is) a “Progressive” tune. Kind of a John Tesh thing. But you wouldn’t believe the video production. I mean this guy used sweeping overhead crane shots and professional stage lighting – the whole ten yards. For a minute, I was fooled into believing this guy had much greater talent than he actually displayed. The fact is, he had the money, or someone else invested in him to make such a video. So, why fault the guy. After all, he may be just living out a fantasy. He may be on an ego trip. Or he may actually have put together a video, hoping to catch the eye of a talent scout for a contract. My point is, these kinds of people attract others because the exude extreme confidence in themselves. I have learned people are attracted to qualities in others they do not possess themselves. Also, people are so willing to believe in hype rather than substance. Those with "rock star" dreams and a wad of cash make it really hard for other really creative, humble, economically strapped musicians to be recognized. And, as I’ve said before, an out-of-control libido is an absolute must if you’re serious about “making it”. It’s a sad fact that you will also find that same narcissism in Christian performers today. They start out trusting in God as their guide and end up compromising their witness, afraid that they may lose a part of their fan base. I’ve seen it happen so many times. They will appear on talk shows and they will never once bring up the subject of how blessed they are by God to be where they are. The object lesson here is that they begin to believe their own hype and become the seed that fell on thorny ground. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
As for me, I’ve learned to be satisfied with you people God sends to hear my music. He is in control. I can create the greatest advertising campaign, set up the most versatile networking there is, and I still trust that God will send those to hear my music whom He wants to send. Some day, I may come into some money to be able to do those things to promote myself better, but He will still be in control. And that is good enough for me. And if I ever “make it” on some level, you can be sure I will remain faithful to Him and His Word. I will make sure of that by praying always that I remember where I am right now – one who stands in humility of my Creator, ready to give an account of my faith to anyone at any time.
Let people gravitate toward the popular choice, the red carpets, the outrageous clothes and hair styles, who is dating or divorcing who, and so on... I must be true to my music.
Remember, love others as God loves you. Till next time, God bless your life!