To answer a question from my friend, Joella, about any differences in ‘feeling’ for me between songwriting and creating visual art.Read Now
Joella, I’d say that, superficially, songwriting would appear to be a ‘thinking’ endeavor. However, words that simply drive ideas without having emotion in the passenger seat aren’t much use poetically, so both songwriting and visual art take me out of my thinking self into the realm of feeling. I am guided by a deeper ‘me’.
I remember once ‘coming to’, as if from a dream, whilst in the middle of creating a piece of visual art... I was startled by the realization that I was in the same place songs come from! Yes, it did seem like a real ‘place’ - a place I’d been longing for as I’d not been able to compose. It was so comforting to find another route ‘in’. To say I cherish my times creating is an understatement as both forms are deeply satisfying.
Expressing the who, what, when,where and why of life takes reflection but at the same time, for me at least, seems to require one work only in the present tense, guided by a connection to everyone else in this world to achieve, a satisfying outcome. Anything else is just accounting.
I’d have to add that creating art in any of it’s myriad forms is not for sissy’s who are afraid of being alone with themselves, which is why, in my opinion, the making and celebration of art must be encouraged and fostered and protected by society: (So, no mystery to me why some of the frightened people in power on this planet want to strip funding to the arts). To evolve and express my own vantage point while also situating myself squarely in my time in this world is something I aspire to even as my work as a songwriter continues to be bound by my tiny world view (and by my fears, truth be told, a subject for another day), despite my lofty goals. Meanwhile, my visual art gives me a sense of being fearless and feeds my desire to be braver with words.
Thanks so much for asking the question, Joella. I’ve enjoyed thinking through my answer to you.
Below is the wee Dear Merebeth ‘painting’ I’d done (I paint using digital apps) and posted on Facebook which prompted the query...