Be Brilliant


There is quite a gap between being good and brilliant, between high art, and low.

Brilliance and high art, will take one right into the throne room of God. You come away from the experience, knowing that something special has occurred: you have been touched by Creativity.

Watch this if you have ten minutes. This is how it feels, when the realization hits, that I am on to something great. There is an incredible example in this performance, of where an artist can take a person with music and brilliance.

Steve Vai. His lengthy Wiki page says it all in this line:

“In 1999 Vai started his own record label, Favored Nations, intending to showcase, as Vai describes, “…artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.” page is well worth the read.

Here is another rather different example.  Watch the flash card slide show that Donna Von Hoesslin, designer of the Betty B line, and mentor to many, made out of some of my imagery. No less brilliant. The show is the first image. (It takes a few seconds to start.) It is called the “What Matters Project”.

It amazing how the human heart connects to the pulse of the universe, when we reach for something special, that higher bar.

When a person is brilliant it’s  like the soul is a plug, the spirit a cord. Creativity and inspiration breeds more, bigger, better, different, new, as a human becomes something a lot more grand than he is when unplugged.

In a world of sameness we all need brilliance.


And one star illuminates the dark night of another’s universe.

Plug in. Be brilliant. Inspiration is everything.

It matters.

(You can click on any of the images for their back story.)

James Coburn
James Coburn

6 Responses to Be Brilliant

    • What I find remarkable about Vai is that rather than running in circles with his skills, he takes us all on a lateral trip to someplace ethereal with his creativity.
      I think that I have watched that clip 24 times now and each time it feels like I have been touched by something living and come away with fresh inspiration.
      No accident that King David was called a man after God’s own heart for his music. I see that in Vai.

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