At 10/29/12 09:04 AM, SkyeWintrest wrote:
Second, define "artist". It's impossible to really have a discussion about something when multiple definitions are being used.
The definition you give to an idea will define what you know about that idea, which means the definition goes as far as you see it. Therefore, we should take a look at what those "operational definitions" don't cover instead because to all conscious idea there its shadow, its subconscious part that we actually don't cover. We cannot pretend we know the total area of an idea, to its full extent, only by "operational definitions".
This is where religion gets concerned because music is something uniquely spiritual. It is not only proven through frequencies and waves placed in a specific manner with systematic techniques. One should ask himself the question "what does create these emotions in me when I listen to that particular song?". Very often, songs and compositions have left me wondering "what in that song truly warms my heart? what truly makes it through me and gives me those dreams and visions about my life when I listen to this?".
Those questions need answers. For an artist, it is mandatory to know why. He has to understand what energy drives him to do what he does best, if he wants to leave a mark on this planet. You don't find those answers through scientific research : it's a goal of life, an adventure you live through vivid, human experiences. An artist won't ever cease to learn, and those are mainly the subconscious parts I'm talking about that he has to bring out of the shadow and make conscious through his art. It's like a beast you release from its cage; these emotional beasts live in each and every one of us and they come alive through the inferno of our passions, frustrations, depressions : all of our emotions. And, of course, that's what music is all about!
There is no coming to consciousness without pain. If the artists can speak to that pain and emotion through their art, then they are telling the truth. It comes out of the shadow and it's no longer subconscious for a moment. It's alive. Otherwise, why would most of us feel like they have something to say and make people realize? It's all about facing our own Soul.
Therefore, in face of those psychological events, such claims that the effects and consequences of our artistic creations are just part of a scientific process of neurophysiology that just operates in our brain cells is insulting to our conscience and our artists. It simply can't be the truth!
It is a numinous energy, it is part of a religious behavior. Because... what's the subconscious? Where is it? If it's not something physical, then what is it? Is it that thing we call "God" in such a familiar way? What does it do? Why does it need to tell me something when I dream at night? Who is that "God"?
So in that sense, organized religions try to organize "operational ideas" on what should be our God, who should be our guide in life. Therefore, an artist is not defined by something "operational". But on the other hand, Justin Bieber fits very well in that definition : a robot for the industry, performing for its real producers and managers, left in a void within a world that is not his own. So, of course Justin Bieber can be defined by "operational definitions" ! But he is not an artist. He does everything he can, no matter how absurd his "music" will get, to avoid himself from facing his own Soul. The summary of his life has been necessary to understand that.
I hope these quotes will make much more sense to you guys, by now :
"Star Wars deals with the essential problem: Is the machine going to control humanity, or is the machine going to serve humanity? Darth Vader is a man taken over by a machine, he becomes a machine, and the state itself is a machine. There is no humanity in the state. What runs the world is economics and politics, and they have nothing to do with the spiritual life. So we are left with this void. It's the job of the artists to create the new myths. Myths come from the artists." - Joseph Campbell
"I consider the artist the one who has to introduce us to the promised land in our own land, here and now. It's his vision that brings to us the vision of the spiritual radiance that shines through the world, which many of us do not see. The real message of art is the glory of what we have with us here and now. Not that nature and the world have to be changed, but that nature and the world are already and forever radiant of the divine spirit." - Joseph Campbell
Follow your bliss.
P.S. Joseph Campbell was a historian of mythology (mythologist), a writer and lecturer.