last night i got to see two of my favorite musicians play the same venue. david bazan and damien jurado. since 1998 (when i last saw them play the same show... in chicago at the fireside bowl. shout out if you were there!) i have journeyed closely with their musical careers and as different as they are from one another they have uniquely marked my life and my process around faith and art. i don't think i can begin to describe how much my own engagement with creativity is influenced by both of these men- on a theoretical, thematic, theological, and emotive level. my friend nate said it well as we were leaving the show- jurado's songs are born out of grief, bazan's are born out of struggle. no wonder i connect. i guess this is just to express gratitude for their work.