Broken People Blog #6: Jason

September 4, 2010Comment

Thanks to Jason (Hendersonville, TN), the newest fueler of Banks Nelson:  Going for Broke for Broken People!  Jason is a worship coordinator at a church just outside of Nashville and is well acquainted with broken people.  Here are some of his thoughts about the intersection of brokenness and the arts.

1. The new Banks Nelson record is about broken people. What do you think of when you hear the word “broken”? What images come to mind?

The image that comes to mind is a picture of me & some orphans from a recent trip to Haiti. It’s easy to look into that picture and see the brokenness of the orphans, who, at such young ages, have experienced more pain and neglect than I will ever know.

But in that picture, I also see my own brokenness… if nothing else, the brokenness that comes from a false sense of self-sufficiency. I may have health, wealth, and some arbitrary notion of success; but in all reality, I am as spiritually poor as anyone else in that picture. And we all are. We need the love of God more than we know.

2. How do music and art help to mend the broken things around you?

On one level, I think music/art can affect people emotionally (…which is a fairly obvious statement): it can calm, motivate, humor, etc. But I think that the best thing music can do is remind us of something much greater than music… something that transcends circumstance or an emotion.

3. What would you say to people who are on the fence about supporting a crowdfunding project such as Broken People?

As I said before, music that points us to something greater than ourselves, something that can mend our brokenness, that’s something worth sharing and investing into. If not for yourself, then invest for the sake of someone else.

Excellent and well spoken thoughts, Jason.  Thanks for fueling the project.  Can’t wait to reward you!

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