Thursday, July 26, 2007

Artists

A few weeks ago, I posed this question in my away message: if you could be any kind of artist, which would you choose to be?

You could choose anything from dancers to singers, painters to musicians, writers to mimes, etc. I got a mix of answers--a couple writers, one musician and a dancer (Jenna). I think it's interesting to see what talent one would love to be an expert in; obviously we all see what I would choose...

The idea came up again to me when I was driving home from work today. I was listening to Dave Matthew's Everyday (yesterday was Live at Red Rocks), and I was thinking about how amazing it is that he can write music so well. Not just music even, but Dave writes incredible poetic lyrics. He has multiple artistic creativities (how fortunate!); don't we all wish that we could be so lucky.

Would we want to be incredible painters who leave deep imprints on their viewers like Monet, Van Gogh, Dali, or Escher?

Would we want to be amazing vocalists who give you goosebumps when they sing powerful music lyrics that make you feel the emotion evoked from the words like Natalie Merchant, Chris Martin, Adam Duritz, Norah Jones, Anthony Kiedis, or Rusted Root's ensemble?

Would we want to be ridiculous drummers, like Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters or the talented boy who rocked out to Carlos Santana's rendition of "Soul Sacrifice" live at Woodstock?

Would we want to captivate our readers with our incredible precision of the everyday world or a fantasy world with our powerful word selections and gripping stories, like Khaled Hosseini, Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Burgess, Dave Eggers, etc?

How would you like to creatively express yourself to the world? If you could have any talent, which would you choose?

3 comments:

je suis le fromage said...

i would want a voice like norah jones... if i chose my talent to be singing... but i still think i might choose dancing.... it would be awesome to just be able to break out singing amazingly... but also i get a lot of "you have a dancers body do you dance" and im like uhhh no actually i suck very much at it. (as you probably know from ang and my dance parties...) so i wish i stuck with ballet and i really wish i could do those crazy couple dances where they wear those sexy dresses and do swings and fly into each others arms and get thrown in twirls.....

oh and i just watched bridge to teribithia and cried my eyes out. i didnt know that what happened happened at the end of the movie.

Megan Bottle said...

I would definately choose to be a musician. I guess I am, in a way, because I can play a random assortment of instruments... and I own another random assortment that I don't know how to play yet...

My skills are mediocre- I play okay but not amazing. Someday, I'd love to play amazingly not for the enjoyment of other people but for my own personal enjoyment. When I was younger and everything was going on with my dad, I'd sit in my room with the door closed and practice my clarinet for hours. It's therapeutic- takes your mind off of other stuff going on.

I think I'd like to be able to do that again but, like, a million times better. Then other people would want to listen to me play...

What do YOU wish to be??

Anonymous said...

music-the great communicator