Still more from the Bible on the arts from passages I’ve always skimmed over! In the first verse of Psalm 108, a psalm of David, we read “I will sing and make melody with all my being!”
So singing and making melody (I suppose that would include composing) are done with “all” the artists’ “being.” Creating a work of art takes everything that the artist is. Imagination, yes, but also the intellect, all of the artist’s memories, beliefs, personality.
The literal rendition of those Hebrew words is “my glory.” I suppose that would include the artist’s talents and gifts. But the point seems to be that the creation (“I will. . .make melody”) or performance (“I will sing”) of a work of art is a holistic effort on the part of the artist, rather than the exertion of a single faculty.
Does such close reading of a text violate the Law/Gospel hermeneutic? Not at all! This word is Law to an artist, who is often tempted to work superficially, tossing off something just for commercial reasons, being fake, insincere, and inauthentic, imitating someone else for fashion’s sake rather than being true to oneself as an artist.