Sometimes it seems like artists (including musicians, writers, etc.) operate the same way that dogs mark their territory (quite literally, in the case of some graffiti). It’s like their main goal is only to stake a claim to a piece of a person’s psyche and to garner the praise of masses. That’s not invalid, but I think that perspective is incomplete.
The way I see it, art is several things:
It’s a vehicle of understanding the world as a whole.
It’s a means of connecting with other human beings.
Works of art, music, literature, dance, etc. are talking points to begin a discourse, significant or otherwise.
Art is a way of confirming identity.
How did “self-expression” become such a validating factor in the world of art? Your language teacher didn’t sit you down on day-one and tell you that you’re going to learn all these words just so you can talk about yourself for the rest of your life.
Hard grooving soulful jam from last night. Trying to nail down some ideas.
The Psych Funk of Black Merda
One of my new favs!
The more I listen to popular (and otherwise) music from the 60’s and early 70’s, the more I realize how important that era was. I keep recognizing samples and elements from the era in contemporary music. Old ≠ irrelevant.