The Cultured Artist

I share convicting things sometimes and basically 100% of the time those things are what I’ve been convicted of; they’re things I’m learning about. I read this C.S. Lewis quote today and immediately said, “YES, this is for me.” Maybe it’s for you too, beloved?

I consider myself an artist. I grew up loving the theater, literature, music, dance, journaling, scrapbooking, letter writing, decor and all things that move me to my emotional, relational, and spiritual core. I still love artistic endeavors dearly, as I see so much of my Maker in them. However, I’ve noticed how tempting it can be to make these good gifts into bad gods (props to David Powlison for that phrase). Yee-ayah DP! Sometimes art and artistry subtly and sneakily saunter their way to the top of the ladder of my heart. They become almost religion-like to me. C.S. Lewis articulately warns against this temptation, but also reminds me of the truth of what is infinitely more valuable than art:

“The Christian will take literature a little less seriously than the cultured Pagan…The unbeliever is always apt to make a kind of religion of his aesthetic experiences…and he commonly wishes to maintain his superiority to the great mass of mankind who turns to books for mere recreation. But the Christian knows from the outset that the salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world: and as for superiority, he knows that the vulgar since they include most of the poor probably include most of the superiors.”

-C.S. Lewis, “Christianity and Literature”

I am in LOVE

…with Groot! 

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet? If not, get thee to a movie theater! Quick! Not only is the plot/dialogue/casting amazing, but the music and dancing throughout the film is quality. I had to share this lil’ gem of baby Groot dancing. There’s something about people dancing with no shame and utter abandonment that delights the soul!

Lovely by Miner

Song/picture association: This song makes me think of fiery summer nights dancing in barns and tall grass. Billowy skirts. Twilight. Fireflies. Bonfires. Barefeet. Ice cold lemonade. Wide open spaces. Mosquito bites.

My favorite lines:

“i can’t give you what you’re lookin for.

then maybe I’m not making myself clear.
cause I’ve been lookin
for you…

…and if the roof leaks?

we’ll think of something

what if your heart leaves?

you’re coming with me.”

 p.s. I can’t think of whose voice she reminds me of, especially in the first verse (–someone from the 70s– like Carole King or Joni Mitchell). Anyone else hear it???

Shirley Temps

I’m remembering Shirley tonight and grateful for her life. It’s amazing how well she did despite such fame at an early age! I’ve enjoyed many a non-alcoholic “Shirley Temple”drink at the Chinese restaurant our family used to frequent. And growing up, my parents showed Lauren and I countless Shirley Temple movies (recorded off the TV onto tapes). For that I am grateful! Here are two clips that immediately transport me back to my childhood:

From “The Littlest Rebel”

From “Young People”- Shirley sings her song (love the speak-singing parts) by minute 2

Love on the Rocks by Sara Bareilles

I can’t stop dancing to this song! This live version has a different spin to it, starting slower and picking it up halfway through. I can’t get enough of it during this season of transitioning back into school. Plus, I gotta give props to anyone (Sara) who can rock the singing AND piano playing at the same time. One more listen before class!