As I was creeping around the blogosphere– I came across a post about art and spirituality on http://awaywithwordsblog.com/ which got me thinking. Tony usually writes about mental illness as it pertains to faith and his blog is always a fulfilling visit— Although he might veer off with references to music or art if the spirit is willing. Bloggers tend to freestyle and often get off their own narrow track in order to make a point or two.
This got me thinking about writing, music, art and photography—in fact—- all the forms of creative expression and how they are connected.
How they seem to follow the same conduit from artist to spectator.
And more importantly—what happens when they finally hit you.
Cormac McCarthy just might be our *greatest living author and “The Road” just might be the most perfect book I have ever read. This book brought me all the way to the coastline after the world was gone and left me staring out to sea… He writes about the tangled beauty of violence in a way that sanitizes pain and leaves only awe. I cannot explain it-like a Stevie Ray solo or a note sung by K.D. Lang that dances with you before zapping you to dust.
*this is the opinion of one guy in a cave, as is every other opinion on this site.
It leaves me feeling cool and isolated=but not in a bad way.
Sort of like Peter Gabriel.Redrain
Cool and isolated in an end of the worldy sort of way.
The music is slightly menacing and and red is a warm color-but this is a low temperature song.
Like Edward Hopper Art.
Hopper always gives me this relaxing frosty vibe-It changes the way I feel=not in a bad way=in a slightly strange soul stirring way.
When art can freeze you and make you actually feel the coldness without being cold- that is what we say is “good stuff”.
And when any creative thing drives right down to your soul to say hello—-that is what we say “has hit you”
Something is being tweaked on a spiritual level here—-isn’t that the whole point?—-isn’t that why concert halls get filled and prints get framed and plastered on walls—chasing this weird feeling, whether it be cold, heat or comfort—-whatever you are in to…you want to keep hounding it.
I will leave with the king of suave coolness and another post-apocalyptic gem.
Morrissey is cool.
How does music, art and that other creative stuff make you feel?
As Peter Frampton once famously sang with his voice-box-guitar-thingy “Do you feel like I do?”