I think sometimes we people in the arts take ourselves way too seriously, sometimes we think way too highly of ourselves. Yes we’re creating something, yes we can do great things with God’s guidance and help. And always with his help. Some of us leave out God altogether, some of us think we’re smarter than God, heck some of us even say we created God and not the other way around. Whatever, but anyway.
And yes, the world is a better place because of art. But that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like what we do, what we profess to be ‘art’. That doesn’t mean that we should expect everyone to applaud our efforts. Sometimes a fair amount of crap passes as art, because it is different, because it challenges industry standards and in some way disturbs the mind. But there should always be a standard, there must always be form and substance. If not, then it’s just a lifeless disaster, a blob of mess, not art, be it in whatever format.
And it certainly doesn’t mean that we are better than anyone else because we are artistically inclined. It just means we see things differently, and different isn’t necessarily good or bad, it’s just different.
If the people who call themselves artists wish to be accepted and respected for who they are and what they produce, then they must humble themselves and think like the average citizen. Because we all NEED each other, each one of us.
If not, then an artist is nothing more than an aristocratic snob and what good is that to anyone?
I’m not trying to insult anyone here, I just often find myself in conversations with artistically inclined people, and when certain names are mentioned as if to lend credibility to their story, and if by chance I don’t know those names, then it’s almost as if I’m not on their level. Which is so funny and childish, because we all came to do what we do via different paths.
The thing about art, like everything else in life, is that it’s all a matter of opinion.
Someone reading this might think I’m a myopic, ignorant fool.
I do know I’m not a fan of abstract art, nor death metal music, and I’m not into the ballet. But that doesn’t mean I can go to show once in a while and appreciate what I see on the stage.
But that’s just me, that’s my humble opinion.
Art is made for all to enjoy. Not just a few. And understanding art doesn’t make you smarter than anyone else.
Art, in all its’ various forms and fashion is for the people.
Francesco Emmanuel is a classically-trained guitarist who is madly in-love with the electric guitar. He teaches guitar for a living, and when he’s not composing music for film/TV, he’s off touring with Canadian world-beat group Kobo Town.
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