"We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make."
In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising - and humorous - look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us.
Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation. Our art and our humanity are inextricably entwined.
Surveying pop songs and church services, fine art and movies, Gungor shows what these works of creation reveal about us - for better and worse - and offers a powerful argument for why we can do better.
Art is like fruit, and if we want to improve the quality of our creative output, we must tend not only to the fruit, but to the tree, its roots, and the soil that it is planted in. To become free as creators, we must not simply try harder, we must become different. Gungor argues that this kind of change demands both an awareness of one's own cultural conditioning and a healthy degree of faith, doubt, hope and love.
An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and returning in a new, better, and more creative way.
©2012 Michael Gungor (P)2012 Michael Gungor
I liked how Michael Gungor's personality comes out as he reads. He is an excellent writer and isn't afraid to let his quirkiness come out. He also takes creative liberties in this audiorecording by playing music and recordings from his past. It makes the book come alive in a more gripping way.
One of the most memorable moments was when he talked about his first concert in a stadium. I am a musician so I know what the nervousness feels like. His account of it made the hair stand up on my arms.
He brought his personality into the book and played music in the background, at times.
This really isn't that type of a book.
This book is an incredible primer for doing further study as you try to establish yourself in your inherent creative potential. It certainly isn't a tell all end all book. There is SO much more that needs to be discussed. But it is a great start!
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