Bob Dylan started out as a folk rip-off but he quickly ran with complex influences and it ended up to be his own sound.
There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move.
I always say the connection is in the blood and it is true, but I believe it is mostly in the Spirit and in the relationships we have.
I guess my experience with God had to be without external influences because I certainly wasn't listening to anyone but my selfish self.
I believe that an artist working for and representing the Kingdom of God should do the best of their ability to show and prove the depth, life, newness, creativity, truth and excitement of their Heavenly Father through the work that is set before them.
If our form of expression comes out of blatant robbery then we as the messenger are open for justified criticism of our message.
Up till now I wrote the songs on my acoustic guitar alone with the Lord. Then I would take the song and share it with my family and then we all would figure out instrumentation together.
In 1993 the Lord re-arrested my heart and fell in love with him all over again. I finally understood that who I am is his son.
I get excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing now through all the people he is refining and raising up all over this planet. I love connections and relationship and networking but it must be led by the Spirit.
It's very, very important symbolically to have Chicago become smoke free because it's the leader in the Midwest and it will have a trickle down effect. This is part of a national trend this is just now starting in the Midwest.
I believe people who are looking for a fresh idea and spirit have received Danielson. The conservative Christian press have been quite mean to us, but the mainstream secular press has been very, very nice.