Why do we all want to be Rockstars?
I have a theory that deep down everyone wants to be a rockstar. How do I know this? Because I do.
I admit this is not a revolutionary thought, I mean what artist doesn’t want to be recognized and rewarded for their hard work?
I have a suspicion, however, that the attraction to “rock stardom” is deeper than just fame and cash. It's not uncommon for prominent actors and athletes to start bands - almost all of which are terrible (see Russell Crowe’s band “30 Odd Foot of Grunts” as an example)!
Why is this? Aren't they already successful? Are they bored?
Maybe, but I think it's deeper than that. I was at a concert a few years back. I had a side view of the stage. I could clearly see the band and the “pit” (the tightly packed mass of young people at the front of the stage). As the band played, I had a profound experience. For a moment, I forgot the music was playing, and I became fixated on the crowd. Their hands were held high. They were screaming every word of every song. In the middle of this moment, I realized I wasn’t watching a concert - I was watching worship.
It was fascinating at first but then just sad. It revealed the human heart’s hunger for something or someone to worship in a way that I had never experienced before, and then it clicked. We all want more than anything to be rock stars. This desire seems universal. All of us, whether successful, unsuccessful, rich or poor, want to be a rock star. Why? I believe it's because being a rock star makes you the greatest recipient of human worship.
In sports the results are worshiped. In business it’s the profit. Actors come close, but they work away from the crowds and, for the most part, they aren’t present at the place where the worship is taking place - the movie theater.
That is why rock star stands alone as the most coveted, most sought after “job" in modern society. This has unfortunately made pursuing success as a musician, on any level, a risk-filled endeavor.
As Christians, we believe God is the source of all music. James Sire in his book “Universe Next Door” writes, “human creativity is born as a reflection of infinite creativity of God himself.”
Unfortunately, our sin has corrupted everything; including music. Music is supposed to reflect and glorify the Creator, not produce human worship.
That is why, as artists, we need to be brutally honest with ourselves and our motivations. We need to examine our hearts and make sure we are playing music for the right reason, or we will find ourselves chasing the same prize as everyone else.
Music is an incredible gift, but I have personally experienced its power to corrupt. I have often wrestled with my selfish ambition and desire to be worshiped rather than to worship. What I have found is that if you are willing to surrender your music to Jesus and truly use it to worship Him you will be more fulfilled and released as an artist than ever before.