Today’s post is a guest post by Joseph Drinkard. Joseph is a Christian singer-songwriter from Shreveport, Louisiana. His album I Serve A King comes out on Tuesday, February 7th. For more information on I Serve A King, please visit www.josephdrinkard.com. You can find Joseph on Twitter and Facebook.
Joseph’s album is out now!
Here is my tweet on the release day with a link to purchase the album:
BRANDON ROBBINS (@RobbinsBrandon) February 07, 2012
I Serve A King, my first album, comes out in 8 days, and it still doesn’t feel real. I know that I wrote the songs, flew up north, and recorded an album, but my heart hasn’t grasped the fact that one of my biggest dreams is about to come true. (Weird, huh?) To say that this has been a growing process is an understatement. My heart is to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way in hopes that you’ll be (re)inspired to chase after your own dreams! Some of what you’ll read is practical, while others will focus more on you as a person. The important thing is that you take what you can and run with it!
Learn Your Voice, Stick To It.
I’m talking to more than just singers. I’m talking about your God-given style and flavor that all your own. It might sound a little silly to you, but I had to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t Chris Tomlin, or Toby Mac, or random-guy-with-a-guitar-at-Starbucks-who-is-phenomenal. First things first: God doesn’t want another Christ Tomlin (although he is great). He wants you. Yes, there’s a risk to putting your heart and soul into an album. There’s a chance (actually, a guaranteed certainty) that not everyone will like your sound. So what?! God’s given you the talents that he’s given you for a reason! Be yourself, and use them for His glory. Looking back on your work ten years from now, you’ll be a lot happier if you didn’t try to force it into a mold.
Honesty Really Is The Best Policy.
In a creative environment, in this case a recording studio, it’s imperative that you make it OK to be honest with one another when it comes to thoughts and ideas. When it came to producing I Serve A King, we made honesty our priority. There are certain times for agreeing to things or saying “yes” for the sake of being nice (i.e.; eating your aunt’s horrible casserole at Thanksgiving, holding your girlfriends purse while she goes to the changing room). Recording I Serve A King was not that time for us. I’ll admit it, I didn’t like some of the producer’s ideas for a few of the songs. At the same time, not all of my original visions for the album were spectacular. But, 100% honesty was all that was accepted. We worked through it, combined ideas, and made something great! If the record came out exactly how I originally envisioned it, it would have been boring and dull. Be honest. Be willing to change. Work as a team. Encourage new ideas.
Success is not in numbers. Success is obedience. I wouldn’t have recorded I Serve A King if I wasn’t absolutely sure that it’s what the Lord wanted me to do. Putting all of your time, talent, and energy into something that may be a good thing but not a God-thing is a practice in vanity. It may look great, but you’ll find yourself lacking in the end. Set your focus on His Kingdom. I’ve found over and over that if we’ll just stay attached to Jesus, attached to The Vine, we’ll bear fruit. The growth will come. The numbers will come. We’ve succeeded because we’ve been obedient.
Have a Lot of Fun
Please remember to have a great time. Get stuff done. Do it with excellence. But have fun. Who wants to look back on life, see everything that they’ve made, and regret it? I don’t, and chances are that you don’t either. The fact of the matter is that we serve a holy, righteous, excellent, fun God. He designed us for joy and relationship. Don’t let the enemy steal that from you.
These are just a few of the things that the Lord has been putting on my heart these past few days.
My prayer is simple: God, birth God-sized dreams in the hearts of those reading this. Raise up creative, godly, hard working, fun-having people who pursue you with everything.
Take what I’ve said and run with it. Make music, design, lead, innovate, change, and inspire—in the name of Jesus, for His Kingdom, His Power, and His Glory!
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