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Wednesday May 6, 2015
Some serious fun for today's Quote/Picture/Video with a 20th century classical composer, math, and a method of transportation that isn’t used enough.
There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life.
Is modernist composer Ives (1874-1954) on something or onto something here? I say a little bit of both. He uses a lot of loaded words that sound pretty but often mean little (exclusive, substantial, art, heart, experience, life). His point seems to be that art should somehow be inclusive yet also come from direct personal experience.
Good art has a balance of both but if you rely too much on your own experience it runs the risk of becoming too exclusive to be creative or endearing. An album of lyrics from my Jr. High journals would certainly be “out of the heart of the experience of life” but it wouldn’t resonate with many people. Good art comes from living life and having it inform what you create but it’s just as important to inhabit the playground of your mind, regardless of whether it’s connected to life practically.
Tee hee pt. II
As a guy who loves good old fashioned family fun I can get behind these, as ridiculous as they sound. The video is pretty funny, too. Lots of selfie stick action.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.