Oct 21, 2019 | TaylorHanson

To Begin Again

What is it to create art? Why do we do it, why do we need it? Maybe we don't. When we began working on efforts in Africa back in 2006, I went through for the very first time a crisis of belief in the idea of being a musician. The thought "I am striving and fighting for this little three minute song, a frivolity aginst the backdrop of people living with issues of life or death just because of their drinking water." This thought was strong, but did not last long. 

In one of the first times returning to Africa in 2007 with our friends at Toms Shoes we were able to first see the impact of the work of Take The Walk. We were alone with a small group of kids, each one living with a death sentence, one day's anti-retroviral drug supply away from the end of their life due to their immune systems being so weak. Despite it all, when they heard music they wanted to dance. They needed to dance and clap and sing. In this moment I had a new perspective. Music and art and creativity, they are the essentials of the heart and soul. They are as critical and vital as the water we drink or food we eat. Without these feelings of joy and connection, we are already dead and without them we find it nearly impossible to find the hope needed to overcome adversity. 

This year has been one for the books. One of seeking the next mountain for music. For me personally it has been a year of seeking, asking questions of meaning and purpose and the value (once again) of the music we make. I am again, more than ever, convinced of the power of music and art to inspire and move. I am also more clear than ever on the importance of each of us to use what we have to impact the world around us. To use our talent, our voice, our experience to walk through doors and chase dreams and fight for things (and stand by our friends and family, which only WE can do). So in a season of creation still ahead and much behind us, be encouraged in whatever it is you do (or are thinking might not really matter). You are a creator. You are an artist. You are the only you. As is true of the painter and the canvas, you are not only the sum of the last painting you did or even the one in front of you. What you do is important and as long as you continue to breathe, you can always begin again. Claim a new canvas, grab a brush, a guitar, a laptop, an excel spreadsheet, a hammer, a camera, a spatula, a diaper bag, a lawn mower, the throttle,  and start. Fail, win, or lose...you can always begin again.



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Judy Ferrante
Conklin, NY, US

Hi Taylor, thank you for sharing such a thoughtful and encouraging post.  

 Since the day I rediscovered Hanson in 2017, your music has been quite the companion in my life.   Hanson melodies & harmonies with words that inspire, motivate and add joy to my life.   Truly, all you share with us fans is amazing.

 I am looking forward to Hanson's next creative venture with a smile on my face and your songs in my heart (& stuck in my head!)



Ashleigh Friis
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

@kasey5 Helen Reddy is my spirit animal and it's all your fault ;)



@liekaraindance, then I have done my R&R mama job. Also what the H.E. double hockey sticks kind of name is liekaraindance?



Jennifer Walker
Newnan, Georgia, US

While your blogs seem few and far between (we do want more, just so you know). They always have an inspirational aspect. Thank you for sharing your personal views, ideas, and for motivation.
Thank you Taylor.



Lisa Dobbs
LaVergne, Tennessee, US

Just what I needed to read, very inspirational and uplifting! 



Keri Mase
Springdale, AR, US

What a beautiful post. Thank you for your lovely words ❤️



Wow! I was not expecting such a profound message and am wonderfully inspired! Art and music are both such beautiful outlets for expression! It is so true that the  power of both art and music have such a  profound impact as healing tools, which from the sounds of it, is exactly you  witnessed with the children in Africa!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment with us! 

Can’t wait to enjoy the new music soon!



Wow! Thanks for such inspirational and inspiring words Tay :) It's very very true we were all created for a purpose and all have special talents that we need to lean into verses running away from it in fear. Because he makes no mistakes and we all are his masterpiece :) Can't wait to see you all in Kansas City MO in November and can't wait to see what's in store for the future.



Well this got me feeling alive....

(I bleeping love that song)



Megan Knight
Bridgewater, VA, US

Just beautiful. ♥️



Thank you. This has reminded me of why I fell hook line and sinker for everything that is Hanson 14 months ago. I found my peoples. See you in Austin, Dallas, Jamaica and Tulsa.#LovelyladiesfromAlbertane#HansonMCCUK#DoGoBe.



I'll never get sick of Taylor's skill with words, weather it's in a blog like this or in a song. Thanks for the inspiring and moving message you have shared with all of us. 



Here I was just on the site because I wanted to look at the lyrics to Love Song.  Great blog Taylor and I would like to think of 'to begin again' as applying more than just to art.



This is sooo great and I’m happy to be walking side by side with you guys. Life is life - it’s great, sucks, exhausting, loving all into one.



Jessica Rohl
Ephrata, PA, US

"He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."

- St. Francis of Assissi



Holly Frees
Nashville, TN, US

I can make a killer spreadsheet. 



Thanks, Tay... Reading these words was really a fresh perspective for me in regards to some recent contemplation about beginning again, in my personal life. 

"What you do is important and as long as you continue to breathe, you can always begin again." 

Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and best of luck as you guys wrap up the new album! Looking forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh in a few months.  



Colleen Ganzelli
Bowie, Maryland, US

Beautifully written, Taylor.  Thank you for the inspiration and I cannot wait to hear your new music!



It’s only 8am and the feels are too strong!! I just made the difficult decision to pull my son out of school and homeschool. I’m really scared whether I am doing the right thing, but I am a disabled teacher, trained as a reading specialist, and I am trying to erase the self doubt and trust my gut that the school is not giving him what he needs to succeed, but I can! Thank you for your i spring words. Can’t wait to hear the new music!



Missy Buckman
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, US

Thank you for this, Taylor



Your thoughts are always joy.



“Claim a new canvas” to “impact the world around us.” I love this imagery, and it feels decisive and inspiring. Thanks for your motivational words!



I really understand this feeling! Sometimes we feel too small, but, look, if God made us in his image, so we have all his good things, including the creativity! It's an amazing gift! <3



This was beautiful, thank you for writing it! 



You should write a book, Taylor. Beautifully written. I really needed this today. Thank you. 

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