UPDATE: MARK HAMILTON JOINS THE CONVERSATION IN COMMENTS BELOW.
I’ve been in too many Facebook, YouTube and email dialogues about this vid to not blog it.
So what I’m going to do is post a few of my comments related to it, and you guys can tease it apart.
In all that is processed (real process) below, cheers and great respect to Mark Hamilton, who made the vid. I understand his reasons for creating it. It went viral (over 12, 500 views at this writing), and he wondered if it was still good to leave it out there. The short answer is “Yes,” the long answer is “It needs context, and one edit in the first 44 seconds would have kept it from confusing the point – the satire became about the artist’s heart – not the industry.” He made it for the youth. Cool. It doesn’t work the same way for me or many others. Cool, too.
But, listen to my process, before I knew the context. Context, my friends, is everything. Always put things in a context as you create, as you speak, as you act in the world. We’re limited beings; context is everything.
An Artist + Worship Songwriter In Process
I’m an artist and worship leader. I’ve received royalties through the years. Enough to help, but never enough to support a family. Today, at 44, I bust a gut continuing to serve and make a living, and some of my dearest friends are well-off worship songwriters. Name some of the worship influencers of the past 20 years, and many of them are peers and pals.
I also try to pastor and nurture this crazy tribe of artists, creatives and worship leaders of all ilks. I dig Mark Hamilton’s reason for creating the vid – I think it went beyond his target group and was possibly misinterpreted for a number of “right” reasons. But, even behind the misinterpretations, is something else that should be addressed today. The stir is a gift, and thus the vid’s viral spillover is a gift.
(Note: Again, I hope it helps some kids working through it – I’ve worked with hundreds in this age group today, and the industry has got them by the tail, for sure.)
Why Something Behind The Vid Doesn’t Hit The Mark
I love satire and even some caustic humor; it’s not my point. I’m a songwriter, artist, writer and recording guy. I did my projects with Vineyard Music, and now I work with hundreds (okay, maybe thousands) of artists, musicians and worship leaders. I write for my local church, for my community, for my soul’s health. I write artist songs, poetry and more, and I write worship songs to serve communities (All You Are and Apostles’ Creed are two of them).
My point, as you’ll see below, is that in the first 44 seconds the innocent (and even well-motivated) guy (Mark Hamilton) who made the vid unintentionally (or intentionally?) satired the heart of the artist to be faithful and responsible to calling, vocation and family in a confusing world. The industry wasn’t mocked – the heart of an artist was unintentionally cast in a dim light. Social commentary can bring change, but not usually to pastoral issues like these, I’ve found.
I’m glad Mark teased it out in a UK way (satire). Truth is, he did it for some misguided kids – so they probably are helped by it. Problem is, it’s going around to everyone who cares about worship, the arts and feeding their families.
Thanks bud – really. But, the “family thing” – you should have picked something else. See my process below – it’s meant to be pastoral to those caught in your “cool vid to make a point” accidental crossfire, and those involved in the industry for all the right reasons.
First the Video, Worship Star by Shekelback, Then Dan Wilt’s Process + Response
MY PROCESS + RESPONSES
My First (pre-context) Response (or “Dan is unsure why he doesn’t like it, though he ‘gets it.'”)
Thanks for this (to the friends who sent it). Actually, I saw it awhile ago and had the opposite reaction to many. Many seem to think it’s funny.
I found it irritating for all the opposite reasons the vid’s creator intended (from what I read).
Not for what would seem like an obvious reason – the satire has foundation, I’m sure, for some people – possibly many.
Good satire should speak to those folks.
Given that it was not satire that made any sense to me, and had themes that I’ve heard so often from folks in a certain “state of mind” in their own leadership and journey, it reminded me of that “bad taste in my mouth.”
Everyone is finding this funny, I know. I’m wanting to move on.
Just thought I’d be honest, because so many are sending it around. It’s just not my tribe, and feels immature to me – like a poor attempt to suggest a problem in a society into which they are losing their credibility to speak by the nature of their approach.
When I figure out how to say why I’m tired by it, I’ll do a blog post or something. For now, it’s just the opposite of funny for me.
For the record.
I wonder why,