Ben Gibbard Quote

“Whenever I finish writing a song, I get that satisfaction of finishing
something that nobody’s read or heard yet. And that moment of
self-satisfaction is the most valuable type of satisfaction for one’s
own work. It’s amazing to have people singing a song back to you on a
stage. It’s great to finish recording a song and play it for your
friend, and they love it. That feels good. But nothing feels better
than when you’ve finished something and you know it’s good, and you
know that those other responses will come in time.” –Ben Gibbard from “The Meaning of Life” in Paste magazine.

“Ben Gibbard?” you ask, “who is that again?”

He is the front man for the band Death Cab for Cutie. I am working on a lesson about some of his songs, but specifically about his out look on life found in an essay for Paste. This quote isn’t from what I am talking about on Wednesday, but I really thought it said what I feel about writing or creating something. I still need the praise. I still need the afirmation from others, but there is a moment when something is finished that I know is good and I find myself just in awe that I had a hand in creating something like that. It is in that moment that I most closely understand that it is all about God’s creation through me and not my own work. It is much harder in the praise of others to remember that. But that one moment of realization after creation is beautiful.

One thought on “Ben Gibbard Quote

  • August 5, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    I know exactly what you mean. It is such a humbling feeling to be able to listen closely enough to God to have a part in creating something – a painting, a poem, a song, etc… and no matter who hears it – you know what an amazing gift it was.


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