A few months ago I wrote about a book I was reading, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.   I finally finished it in January and found it really insightful. Cameron makes the argument that the creative process is a spiritual one, which was a new idea to me. I have often considered my musical life to be at odds with my spiritual one. It’s been hard to unify the two.   The biggest “Ah ha” moment in the book for me, was when she noted that God is a creator, therefore he is creative. And we are made in his image; so being creative is at the very core of who we are as well!

Cameron also works hard to help the reader dispel thoughts that keep one from creating—the idea that we are too old, not talented enough, too flawed, never going to actually make a living with this art… All of which are thoughts I have had at some point. She encourages the reader to create nonetheless. Create because it’s what we are made to do, and let God handle the outcome of the art.

Hope you allow yourself some creative time this month,

-Laura Lee Crandall, owner, KCRB

Student of the Month – Zade McKivergan

Zade has been a drum student of Laura Lee’s for 1½ years. He is in the Thursday Rock Band and has one of the most positive, teachable attitudes you’ll ever find! Congratulations, Zade, on the excellent drummer you have become!
Get to know Zade:

What is your favorite thing you’ve learned so far and your favorite song you’ve played? Drum fills, and “The Way”, by Fastball.

What is your favorite style of music? Rock

Where do you go to school? Raytown South Middle (he’s in band there too!)

What are your other hobbies? Playing basketball with my dad

Keep drumming, Zade, you rock!!!


Upcoming Concerts in KC area

Seeing live music performed is crucial for musical and creative development–plus it’s fun!  Check out a few shows coming soon to our area:

Styx – 3/25, Topeka

Victor Wooten Trio – 3/26, Lawrence

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical –

3/28-4/2, Music Hall

Blink 182 – 3/30, Independence

Radiohead – 4/05, Sprint Center

Kirk Franklin – 4/8, Music Hall

John Mayer – 4/14, Sprint Center

Jack Dejonhnette Trio – 4/22, Gem Theater

Casting Crowns — 5/4, Independence Ctr.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – 5/21, Sprint Center

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – 6/2, Sprint Center

Train — 7/3, Starlight

OneRepublic – 7/7, Sprint Center

Queen & Adam Lambert – 7/9 Sprint Center

Bruno Mars – 8/9, Sprint Center

Coldplay – 8/15, Sprint Center

We are made to create…and lots of concerts in KC!