I was talking to my little girl a few days back about real art vs the manufactured stuff. Yesterday she brought it back up again and BAM(!!!), the kid got it!
Our discussions applied to all types of art, but were mainly centered around music because we are a guitarring, clarinetting, vocalizing, musical family (yes they're words now).
I explained how, in music, you can often hear the difference between lyrics and riffs that are "safe". Anyone can relate to them. Safe lyrics and musical sounds are the ones that can be written in seconds, like:
"When you're feeling sad and low
We will take you where you gotta go
Smiling, dancing, everything is free
All you need is positivity"
They are a novelty, always accompanied by schtick and quickly forgotten by the crowds shortly after they rise to the top of the charts.
Then there are lyrics and instrumentals that need interpretation, like:
"Ooh, firefly in the night sky
Only lights on the rise
And I need you so firefly
One satellite with a lazy eye
Caught me by surprise
With an ache in my belly
And a taste in my mouth for fire"
From: Over The Rhine - Firefly (see end of article)
Lyrics like Firefly and the musical riffs that go with them are time consuming. But, because they come from the soul and spirit of the musician, they are warmly engaging and create a lasting bond between the artist and the listener. like any good relationship between anyone and anyone or anything, the connections that take the most work are the ones that draw us into the tightest bonds.
Any art is like this. From photos, to sculptures, to a blog article and beyond. There's the imitation, created for the purpose of money and celebrity status. And then there is the art that comes from the deepest reaches of how we became who we are today. One was never worth the time it took to think it up. The other is something that will affect us even after we leave these bodies.
So when you invest your senses into anything that goes on your wall, your shelf or into your headphones; next time think about taking the road that brings a return on your investment. Put down the imitation. Fill the moment with artistry.
The piece of art mentioned above: