The impact of art



who would i be today without the inspiration of the creators that have challenged, impacted, and changed me. you can tell a lot about a person by when entering their house, examining their book, movie, or music collection. is this because certain types of people prefer certain types of art? or because the art itself has made us who we are. i argue more for the later.

this is a list of people who have impacted me so greatly that i am who i am because of their work. this is one of those lists that may change every few years or even every few weeks, but tonight, this is mine.

the creators who have created me:

1. Bono

i am one of those annoying, adoring u2 fans. the first time i really listened to the joshua tree, i heard music that i had never heard before. life, death, love, pain. never has a writer better delt with basic human emotion like these songs do. i believe that Bono is the prime example of what a Christian should be. he is not perfect by any means, but his love for people has inspired me to be a better person. why do i want my music heard? is it for me? or is it something bigger? i know that i am bias, and that if bono pooped on a cd, i would still buy it. but this man has earned my trust. Musically, spiritually, and humanly, my iconic hero.

(recommendations : the joshua tree, war, atomic bomb, zooropa)

also 1. Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is not only the reason that i love to read Sci-Fi, it is the reason i love to read. beyond that, Card's understanding of humanity has helped me understand who i am. the way the people in his life turned Ender into who he became connects with me more than any other work of art ever has. Josiah has recently fallen in love with this series the way i did in the 8th grade. talking with him about it makes me sad. only because i can never read those books for the first time ever again. it is like a first love. the memory is probably more beautiful than the reality actually was, but nonetheless, i still feel like i am Ender. he has become a part of me, and i am better for it.

(recommendations: the entire Ender series, songmaster, enchantment)

3. Jim Henson

there is nothing like the mystery of childhood. Henson created a universe for me that made me dream about bigger things than the world around me. not only that, but the mupet moves are still freakin hilarious to this day

(recommendations: the mupet movie, mupet christmas carol, mupets take manhattan)

4. matt damon/ben affleck

ok, both of these have done some crap as well, but if one work alone can bring someone to this list, these have done it. Good Will Hunting is the most brilliantly written/acted movie that i've seen. i know a lot of snobs would probably disagree, but this stands as my favorite movie of all time. Definitely made me who i am on many levels. side note: this movie also introduced me to eliott smith.

5. Rivers Cuomo

well, once again, i have to somewhat ignore his late career, but the blue album violently ripped me from my christian music bubble. brilliantly crafted songs from start to finish. if i had three wishes, one of them might be to have never heard only in dreams before only so that i could listen to it again for the first time. that song, in my mind, taught me how to love....or i should say, made me want to love.

(recommendations : blue album, pinkerton)

6. lennon/mcartney

more of a slow progression for me, however, as i evalutate my musical journey, the beatles were always a part of it. i remember watching the beatles anthology as a kid and knowing that what i was watching was bordering magic. and today i listen to their songs and know that none like them have yet been written.

(recommendations: white album, abbey road, revolver)

7. Cameron Crowe

his movies play like albums. you can watch them over and over, and it is more about the emotion of what is happening than any individual line, actor, or shot. these movies make me fall in love with life.

(recommendations: almost famous, vanilla sky)

8. C.S. Lewis

i must admit, i am not as well versed in Lewis as i would like to be. but from what i have read by him, i can say that never has spirituality been communicated more clearly on an intellectual level than the words that Lewis has written have. the kind of guy you wish you could have been friends with.

(recommendations: space trilogy, the great divorce, the weight of glory)

9. Chaim Potok

when you read his books, you feel like you are the main character. 'my name is asher lev' has done much to reconcile the desire to create true art with my faith.

(recommendations: the chosen, the promise, my name is asher lev)

10. Jim Carey

a stretch to call an actor a creator, but there must be a reason that i adore every movie i have seen him in. i think a great actor can take a scripted character and add his own elements of creation to bring the character to life. i have never laughed as hard nor cried as hard as i have while watching this man on screen.

(recommendations: dumb and dumber, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, the truman show)

ok, i hope you stayed with me through this possibly agonizingly long post. i have been working on it for an hour and a half now. just felt a little inspired. feel free to comment, disagree, or share your own influences.

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23 Responses to “The impact of art”

  1. # Blogger Tank

    We should from now on put our names at the end of our post so people know who wrote them...

    And Dumb and Dumber is the most amazing movie ever made. Period. And it comes from three of your 'creators'. Everyone knows that Jim Carrey was in the movie, but did you know that Bono created the soundtrack? I know, most people don't know that. But here is the kicker, do you know who wrote the original script, none other than C. S. Lewis himself. Thats right, look it all up for yourself.  

  2. # Blogger Jessica Tankersley

    Honey, (tank), are you on crack this morning?  

  3. # Blogger M.Josiah Fehlauer

    holy crap. tank has lost his marbles...  

  4. # Blogger M.Josiah Fehlauer

    you may think YOU are Ender, but Chris.. . I am Ender Wiggin, Speaker for the Dead.  

  5. # Blogger Chrisropa

    it says post created by chrisropa at the top.

    yeah, dumb and dumber is probably C.S. Lewis' best work...respectively.  

  6. # Blogger Brad

    OK. Anyone who puts Lennon/McCartney on their list is alright by me. However, I think the rumors of Paul's death were true; his work since the Beatles pretty much sucks, to coin a phrase.

    You've also got the albums right. But you can't list Beatles albums without mentioning Sgt. Pepper.

    I love U2's Atom Bomb. You guys tell me; if I had one U2 album to start listening to, what would I go for? Joshua Tree? What?

    bs  

  7. # Blogger Tank

    Joshua Tree hands down. But I started with the Best of the 80's and it is incredible all the way through.  

  8. # Anonymous leslie

    Our commen likes and/or recommendations

    A. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites.

    2. Eternal Sunshine if my favorite movie ever. Actually sometimes it competes with Fight Club, it just depends what kind of mood I'm in. Oh, and it competes with Dancer in the Dark, if I feel like crying for hmmmmm about a good week.

    3. I am more of a McCartney/Harrison fan. I think Lennon is to cocky. Harrison was the shy, sweet one. But the Beatles are consistantly my favorite. Most bands are my favorite for about 2 weeks and then I move on, but you can't move on from the Beatles.

    Almost Famous- me and penny lane are like this (crossing my fingers)  

  9. # Blogger Chrisropa

    leslie. i think we could be friends. harrison is definitely the most under rated beatle. and i can see why you would think lennon to be cocky, but in my opinion, he deserved to be cocky.

    i also love fight club. i would be pretty deranged if that movie made me who i am though.

    brad: gotta love Sgt. pepper. the joshua tree is your best bet. also try war.  

  10. # Blogger Brad

    Well, I'm a Harrison fan too. His first solo album was amazing. And he could play guitar right up there with *all bow down* Eric Clapton.

    Ringo...he was just Ringo. Whatdaya say?

    Hey, I'm probably just noticing what everyone else knew, but did you know that Derek Webb is going to be allowing totally free download of his new album (OK...not album; CD).
    freederekwebb.com

    bs  

  11. # Blogger Brad

    OK...here's a discussion topic for ya'll:

    Name...

    1. One book that changed your life:

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

    4. One book that made you laugh:

    5. One book that made you cry:

    6. One book that you wish had been written:

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:

    8. One book you’re currently reading:

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:


    Talk amongst yourselves...

    bs  

  12. # Blogger Brad

    Oh, and no fair saying "Bible."

    bs  

  13. # Anonymous leslie

    1. One book that changed your life:
    Letters to a Young Poet
    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    In Cold Blood
    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    "How to get off a desert island"
    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Stupid White Men
    5. One book that made you cry:
    Hamlet
    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    How to take every awesome picture with a Nikon d70
    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    Do screenplays count, because I think Sideways is the worst piece of writing ever
    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    Complete Digital Photography
    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    I've been meaning to finish Misquoting Jesus  

  14. # Blogger Brad

    1. One book that changed your life:
    Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    Encyclopedia Britanica

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
    [You gotta check this guy out.]

    5. One book that made you cry:
    Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    "What I Really Meant" by God

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    Mein Kampf - Hitler

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton [second time through]

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    Something by NT Wright, other than what's on the internet.

    bs  

  15. # Blogger Spencer

    1. One book that changed your life: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Messy Spirituality, Mike Yaconelli

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island: An entire encyclopedia set

    4. One book that made you laugh: Blue Like Jazz, Don Miller

    5. One book that made you cry: A Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis (I was 10)

    6. One book that you wish had been written: Spencer Sharpe is Ridiculously Cool, Ghandi

    7. One book that you wish had never been written: The Left Behind Series, Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

    8. One book you’re currently reading: Blue Like Jazz, Don Miller

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell  

  16. # Blogger Preston Sharpe

    1. One book that changed your life:
    What Saint Paul Really Said- N.T. Wright

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee (#2 on the changed my life thing)

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island: anything written by multiple authors (as close to community as possible)

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Caveman's Guide to Pregnancy (Have to ask Seth Asher about this one)

    5. One book that made you cry:
    Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    Honestly, can't think of one. A lot of books are out there

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    - Kenneth Hagin stuff (sorry, I'm sure he's a great man, but...sorry)

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    Simply Christian by N.T. Wright  

  17. # Blogger Chrisropa

    1. One book that changed your life: Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once: blue like jazz - Donald Miller

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island: the hitchiker's guide to the galaxy...and a towel

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    the princess bride - S. Morganstern

    5. One book that made you cry:
    the catcher in the rye - j.d. sallanger

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    a book by a christian author that explains the divinci code.

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    i probably would have had a better answer for this when i was in college. i remember thinking that about quite a few books then.

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    messy spirituality - mike yaconeli
    magic street - orson scott card

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    The Pirates! in an adventure with scientists - gideon defoe  

  18. # Blogger Brad

    LOL:
    Chris... #3! Don't panic!
    Spencer... #6.

    What a bunch of great answers. I've got a new reading list now.

    bs  

  19. # Blogger Jessica Tankersley

    why not...

    1. One book that changed your life:
    A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    Survive on a Desert Island by Claire Llewellyn

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops by George Carlin

    5. One book that made you cry:
    A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    "this is what marriage is really like" by Me

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli


    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: All of Donald Miller's books.  

  20. # Blogger m@

    1. One book that changed your life:
    The Great Divorce/CS Lewis
    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    see #1!
    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    a hardcopy of Wikipedia (that'd keep me busy enough)
    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Cat's Cradle/Kurt Vonnegut
    5. One book that made you cry:
    can't remember one (I have a narrow emotional range :| ). Actually, I think that I cried at some point while reading Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis.
    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    my own book (yet to be written)
    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    any of the homespun charismatic sensationalistic pseudo-theological rants that are ever present in places like Mardel's
    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    Blue Like Jazz/Donald Miller, Catch 22/Joseph Heller, A Brief History of Time/Stephen Hawking, Critique of Pure Reason/Immanuel Kant. I guess that makes 4 books, sorry.
    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    If I *ever* finish the books I'm reading now, I'd like to read Metamorphosis/Franz Kafka, The Fountainhead/Ayn Rand, Simply Christian/NT Wright.  

  21. # Blogger Nate Myers

    1. One book that changed your life:
    Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    More Ready Than you Realize, BMac

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    Any book by those ladies and gents that spent lots of time in solitude somewhere. Something by Merton? Kathleen Norris?

    Or the Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Traveling Mercies, Lamott

    5. One book that made you cry:
    Resident Aliens Hauerwas

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    I second the above response: "What I Really Meant" God

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    Seven Steps to your best life now, Joel Osteen

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    Several. Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster. Emerging Worship, Kimball. Traveling Mercies, Lamott.

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul. :) Jk. I have lots I want to read. Probably Money, Sex, and Power, Richard Foster  

  22. # Blogger advance

    1. One book that changed your life:
    the hobbit

    2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
    none

    3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
    Your best life now(joking!)- how to survive on a desert island

    4. One book that made you laugh:
    Your best life now

    5. One book that made you cry:
    robin hood

    6. One book that you wish had been written:
    the function of narrative in the for mation of identity and personality in relation to world view as utilized in the interpretation and manipulation thereof - or the actual - hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.

    7. One book that you wish had never been written:
    the five people you meet in heaven

    8. One book you’re currently reading:
    the count of monte cristo(2 years and counting on this one)

    9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
    surprised by joy  

  23. # Blogger advance

    o yea sorry
    my name is
    ADam VANCE  

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