My name is Ross Donaldson. I'm a worship leader here at The Gathering. I'm also a songwriter, author, creative consultant, and entepreneur. I wanted to let you know what's inspiring me these days…
Between The World And Me
This book by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a MUST READ to better understand America’s endemic mistreatment and subjugation of black bodies and lives. Between The World And Me explores American history in a way that is rarely taught or discussed - spanning early slavery, prison systems, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
You Made It Weird
You Made it Weird is the podcast hosted by Pete Holmes. Holmes is a quirky and nerdy comedian (and he’s also Rob Bell’s best friend). His podcast hilariously explores art, creativity, faith, and purpose. I promise you’ll think creatively and critically through tears of laughter on this one. NOTE: you might want to listen to this when the kids are out of the room ;)
Reservoir is the newest album from indie-folk/electronic songwriter, Gordi. It’s a beautifully written album full of dense and dark soundscapes. Her voice soars and stirs up some pretty visceral emotions within the listener.
Words Do Things
Ok, I know self-promotion is lame. But this week is the 2 year anniversary of the release of my book, Words Do Things. Words Do Things is a book of lyrical poetry. So if you’re in the mood to get your poem on and want to explore faith, doubt, politics, love, and life, grab a copy!