We all know musicians should keep learning.
No one wakes up and says, “I’ve made it! I’ve finally learned everything there is to know!”
Whoever says that won’t have many friends.
Learning and growing is part of what it is to be human. That journey never ends.
But do you know why? Why do you need to learn, remain curious, and forever expand your creativity?
It’s not to be the best you can be. It’s not to create more opportunities for yourself.
It’s not be more successful, make money, or a name for yourself.
What is it? I’ll answer the question shortly, but first allow me to reference a great new book.
I’ve been loving John Piper’s, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully. It’s a necessary read for songwriters, musicians, worship leaders, and anyone involved in the arts.
The first chapter is a biographical sketch of George Herbert, the famous poet/pastor. The point that Piper makes is that Herbert used poems and beautiful language as a means to see and savor the beauty of Christ more fully. His art wasn’t an end in itself.
It was used as a microscope to see the glories of God.