I was first introduced to Tom Conlon and his music through my good friend and colleague, singer/songwriter Lee Kizer.
Tom’s music is elegant and poetic. It’s easy to listen to and one immediately connects with his heart and message.
In addition to his excellent music, Tom spends time traveling and encouraging musicians and worship teams across the country.
He’s a brilliant mind and has a unique perspective on the arts and how they pertain to the Christian world-view.
I’m delighted and honored to share this post with him.
I compose because I have to.
It’s in my nature – a drive to interpret and organize – to distil my experience.
First really, for myself – I’m a much better version of myself when I’m composing.
And while in some Christian conversations there’s tension regarding selfishness or putting energy into pleasure, I think it’s a basic reflection of God’s creative impulse to work in this way –
Like in the first story, where He rests after concluding “It is good.”
In a sense, He was His own first audience, and so it is for most composers.
Refining and revising until you’re satisfied is a sacred labor.
Regarding giving, I try to live generously and open-handed with whatever gifts I have because I believe they’re given to me both for my benefit and for the greater whole.
So I have to be brave in the way I care for myself by doing creative things and also in the way I share myself.
By sharing (presenting/performing), I also step deeper into my community – seeking to be known or understood by my family. (This is coming from a pretty solitary person.)
I try to come to that part of the work with not just an artistic rigor, but also real honesty, believing that I help to create trust and intimacy by a willingness to be vulnerable.
I also believe that bravery in sharing creates space to experience the timeless God within time.
I’ve been moved so deeply by other artists’ compositions and performances – in ways that are hard to describe ..those holy encounters that no one else would understand.
Being faithful to show up for your work ultimately contributes to the flow of those holy encounters in the world.
So I believe we’re all called to pursue (or simply follow) seemingly frivolous artistic impulses.
It’s a rich life when we all bring gifts born in sacred solitude.
The bigger idea is that I believe God is Himself invested and participating – calling us, inspiring us ..present in and through our individual efforts.
By His design, it all rises into a beautiful composition that we sometimes glimpse in awe, and will eventually perceive even more clearly.
To find out more about Tom Conlon and find out what he’s up to in the world at www.tomconlonmusic.com.