The weblog of Darren Friesen

Thursday, June 23, 2005

"Coolness might help in your negotiation with people through the world, maybe, but it is impossible to meet God with sunglasses on. It is impossible to meet God without abandon, without exposing yourself, being raw. That’s the connection with great music and art, and that is why it’s uncomfortable, that is why cool is the enemy of it, because that's the other reason you wanted to join a band: you wanted to do the cool thing. Trying to capture religious experiences on tape wasn’t what you had in mind when you signed up for the job." --Bono in "Bono in conversation with Michka Assayas"


Blogger Jason Silver said...


11:28 AM

Blogger Milestoned said...

Man did I need to hear this. art in whatever form is like the gift of language that God gives us to create with. I think most of my life has been spent waiting for that language to speak to me rather than working to develope my voice and letting God speak things into being with it.

1:18 PM

Blogger Nathan D.F. said...

Ill admit his first line kind of made me chuckle concidering Bono wouldnt be caught dead without his sunglasses on...
But in a more serious line of thought, its so true. The second you start trying to be 'cool' is the second you start putting walls up in front of who you really are. Youre trying to be someone else, and God doesnt want a connection with someone else, He wants it with You.
To me that seems to take out the authenticity of worship (be it visual arts, music, performing, whatever falls under the umbrella of worship). When I was playing worship music, Id keep having to remind myself that it wasnt some gig where I had to make some kind of show for the audience. Whatever I was doing up there had to be for God, otherwise for me it just wasn't worship. I had to forget about the 'cool' aspect and just let myself connect with Him.
Trying to be 'real', is so awkward for me because not only am I used to trying to do the cool thing and impress everybody, but its still hard to realise that God doesnt want a show, for me to play the best solo's and to prance around the stage like a yahoo. He simply wants to connect with me, and for me to connect with Him. That is a reality that doesnt easily sink in with me. But what I love about the whole deal is that its true, wether or not it always gets through my thick skull!

5:52 PM


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