November 14- The Receptive Musician
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. -Pablo Picasso
Dazzling leaves twirl a last frantic dance in the crepe myrtle before dropping to the ground outside my office window. I’m amazed at the colors, the droplets of rain caught in the upturned leaves and red berrys of a nandina bush. I marvel at the fact that all of nature, the garden ground I worked so diligently in the spring and summer, the flowers I planted, are ready for a long winter’s sleep.
The musician and artist as receptacle for scraps of life and nature is a new concept to ponder this time of year. We do indeed gather our ideas from nearly everything our senses put us in touch with. From a photo or a scrap of an idea, we concoct a paiting, a piece of music, an interesting lyric. Songs based on nature abound in some of our most famous and enduring music. We sift and analyze and reformat sights and sounds and feelings and produce creations to share with our audience. As Picasso pointed out, we are ultimate receptacles for all of life.