THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Artists as Alchemists: Just as an alchemist transforms led into gold, do you feel that being an artist relates to that of being an alchemist? Do you view the artist journey and your creative expression, as alchemy?  

THE SLEDGE GRITS BAND:  There is an "alchemist" in every artist. A well written song transforms into an amazing masterpiece when translated by a talented vocalist. Just as a song transforms from lyric to art, we hope as artists we can transform from simply one of the many making noise to one that produces a sound that reverberates above it all.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: The Evidence of the Journey: Artists are often labeled as "stars.” Just as a star radiates light and the planets then reflect this light, do you see your work as an artist like that of a star? Is this "light" that stars radiate merely the evidence of this journey of becoming a star/learning to radiate light? 

THE SLEDGE GRITS BAND:  As artists, we are very much like stars in the sky. When we put out light, in the form of music, the planets -- which to us symbolize the receivers of the sound (the listeners) -- then respond to the music and reflect that response (feedback) back to us. We want the light we illuminate to be positive energy. We hope the response to be warm and embracing.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: The Courage to Create: When an artist is not "creating" it is often labeled a "creative block." How do you navigate this space, how do you find the creative spark in the dark, and does it require courage to create from this unknown space? Describe this process. 

THE SLEDGE GRITS BAND:  A block is a barrier that can stop you if you allow it. We cannot barrel our way through it. We can wait for it to eventually go away or we can seek another path to our destination. Clear the clutter from your space. Focus on something else. Sometimes walking away from the block leads you to an alternate route, an often better route.

You can find this story and others from The Museum of Light at RESPECT Magazine.

The Museum of Light is curated by:  Billy Johnson Jr., Adell Henderson, Joslyn Rose Lyons, Rafael Casal, Matt Smith, Malik Buie.

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