I’m very pleased to see that my multi-talented friend Jacob Slichter has finally condemned himself to blogging at Portable Philosophy, where he writes about “music, writing, teaching, and more.” Jacob is primarily known as a musician. He drums. Chances are, you’ve heard one of his bands. But he is also a writer and also a teacher of writing. But more importantly is that Jacob has a wonderful way of not only engaging with the creative impulse, but also encouraging others to develop their own creative impulses. And that it is why it is best that you read him.
It is safe to say that when I get to enjoy coffee or lunch with Jacob, our conversations tend to sprawl in a very non-suburban sort of way. They are never boring, always smart, and I always leave our time together feeling refreshed, wanting to do something creative. Sometimes we talk theology or music or ethics or whatever. But it doesn’t matter what the topic actually is. Jacob is just a creative person and he seems to traffic well in channels that require creativity. He’s just one of those people.
His first post is about a comparison of drumming styles, which seems appropriate, since he’s a drummer and it’s something in his wheelhouse. But Jacob has a unique graciousness about how he describes or convey something that may be new or foreign. Jacob writes as an invitation to engage with him about the creativity he is taking part in. He neither dumbs down nor assumes anything beyond what is commonly expected. And then suddenly, you are learning about the subtleties of drumming styles or the foibles of the music industry. It’s just life with Jacob, a trafficker of the creative impulse.