Thursday, November 03, 2011
It's Music to My Ears
So, the current topic is music and it's one that I'm especially interested in. For starters, I used to play music some, of sorts. I played the flute as a child, then later the guitar but also picked up the saxophone along the way (it's easy if you play the flute) plus I've dabbled in a few other instruments. I play a mean harmonica as well.
But how does music (or, perhaps I should say does music at all) relate to visual arts?
I think there is some kind of a connection. I think there is something kindred connection between the creativity that happens with an instrument and the kind that happens with a paintbrush. For starters, there are many artists who can do both--many "crossover" types who both paint and play music of some kind. But I don't think it's just a matter of "if I do this, then I can also do that," no, I think it goes deeper.
There's something about rhythm and harmony. There's something about patterns, about creativity, about balance, point and counterpoint. We both share the word "composition" don't we? Why do you think that is? I don't think it's just the language either, I think it runs deeper than that. I mean, both visual artists and musicians share a way of thinking at times. It's a matter of looking at the world and expressing it visually or sonically. It's the vision (yes, musicians have "vision" too) it's the voice (and, likewise, visual artists have "voice" as well) it's the way we express ourselves and showcase the world, how we see it or how we want to see it, given our chosen media. I tend to think this is the same, regardless of what kind of art you do, right? I mean, interpretive dancers, musicians, actors, photographers, painters, sculptors, we all share in these things, we just use different tools to get us to our chosen end results.
I'd really like to explore this connection between the visual arts and music a bit more, and hope to explore this more over the course of the month. I'd especially welcome thoughts on the subject from those involved in either the visual arts or the field of music. Do you feel more connected to the visual arts as a musician or, likewise, for my fellow artists, do you feel more attached to music working with visual arts? It's an interesting question to explore and I hope to do more over the course of future postings.
Until next time...