I'm not Orthodox yet, although would like to be once I can (life circumstances, family concerns, social anxiety and transportation issues are what is primarily standing in my way right now).
I do like to write and record my own songs. Some of the lyrics that I'm working on at the moment do have religious themes (for example, I'm working on a Christmas composition based on this
, and another piece about Prester John). Others are autobiographical or deal with social issues, current events, action-adventure or sci-fi themes. Most of my songs are fairly avant-garde, eclectic and long (like this
), but not, I hope, to the extent that ordinary people would be unable to appreciate them. I don't want to come across as some kind of snob, but I don't want to just pander by writing formulaic pop songs either. There has to be some kind of balance.
I don't want to be seen as a "Christian artist" or an "Orthodox artist", though. There are a lot critiques of that whole concept
that have been made lately, that I agree with. I just want to be an artist, who does what artists are supposed to do.
I'm finding that my inquiry into Orthodoxy has changed my writing style too. I'm finding myself becoming more deliberate and methodical, and not just rashly rushing in to write and record something. I pay more attention to detail and quality now. And I'm focusing more on dynamic range
and subtlety, and including more classical influences.
I have no particular desire to perform live and I don't think I'd adapt well to that lifestyle, nor am I doing it for the money. I do it more as a hobby, and as a therapeutic endeavor (it helps me get my bottled-up feelings out). Fortunately, modern technology makes it possible to produce recordings from outside the conventional structure of the music industry.
If anything, what I'd like to be is the first musician to be known for primarily doing charity work. I'd like to use song downloads to raise money for charities.