I've listened to Josh Garrels' for quite some time, and aside from loving the music he makes, I also love what he has to say about creativity. He's spot on in everything I've heard him say about art, and this trailer for his new album being released next week (see below) is but one of many examples of this being the case.
At one point in the video, Garrels talks about the cost of his struggles with perfectionism, and how it resulted in physical strains like blurred vision, muddled motor skills, and anxiety. So he responded by taking time away from his art in order to recuperate and reframe his ideas about the album he was creating — to move away from perfectionism, and return to a simple love for and excellence in art.
Are you like this? Am I like this? Are we so set on perfection that we're causing ourselves emotional, mental, and even physical harm?
If that's the case, perhaps we need to do what Garrels did and take a step away from the art for a span of time to reflect until we get healthy again. Because I've mentioned this before, and will repeat it again here: any creative process that causes harm to other people or oneself should be avoided, because the best creative processes are the ones that heal rather than hurt.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing this album next week.