leonard-bernstein“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
~ Leonard Bernstein, after the assassination of JFK 

What do we do now? No matter where we sit on the political spectrum, as we watch fear and violence emboldened, that is the question on our minds.

Some (on both ends of the spectrum) will say it’s time to take to the streets. Some (across the spectrum) will say it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get about the work of creating change. Others (even those not on the spectrum) will seek to quiet the uncomfortable voices and find consensus.

But here is what I know. Leonard Bernstein had it right. Now is the time for us all to make our art more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

Now is the time to move beyond that endless, stagnant loop called “as soon as” – and beyond the clutter of your “monkey mind” – to become fully who you are. Now is the time to make real that idea you’ve been carrying around for so, so long. Now is the time to make art – “art” in its broadest sense, the art of becoming, creating, birthing something new into the world.

Why? Because art wins. Creation wins. Beauty wins. Light wins. Many will take action, but only inspired action will survive.

What do we do now? Something incredibly simple – and perhaps harder than anything you’ve done before. When you listen to that still small voice inside, and move in the direction of that calling each day (asking, without delay or excuses, “What does it look like today, right now, in this moment?”), you create art. You create a “light in the darkness” – the unwelcome light in which violence, hate and fear cannot survive.

I’ll go first. In more powerful ways than it ever has, this is the art that calls me:

I will support you. Even as I write this, I am working on new tools and resources to support you on this path. I will inspire you – with ideas and insights and examples of people who daily move past “as soon as,” and change “what is” into “what is possible.” I will connect you. I will create new ways for us to cheer each other on and create a community of light.

And jazz. I will learn to play jazz – and all the other music inside me that wants to be played – freely and exuberantly. (More on that later.)

It is time to become who we really are – more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. This is how we change the world.


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