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February 21, 2012

Wow, it’s been a while. I’ve been so busy lately, but WordPress has been greatly missed.

I have really been finding some great relief in the fact that school will soon be coming to a close, only 3 months left to go.

But along with that relief has come a lot of thought. Not too long from now, my future is going to start taking shape, and I’ve been thinking  a lot about what I want it to look like.

I have always had a great interest in art and music, and I know I will not feel right if I don’t do something creative with my life.

A few months ago, I got accepted to Indiana University, and although I was not crazy about it at first, my excitement has built recently. I decided that I am going to study graphic design, and then my second year I am going to attempt to get into Jacob’s School of Music, to get accepted into their Recording Art’s program. I feel like if I could do that, I could survive living in hell, I mean Indiana, for the next 4 years.

But anyways, getting to my point. As everyone may know, just recently at the Grammy’s, the artist Bon Iver won Best New Artist, as well as Best Alternative Music Album. As many of you may not know, Bon Iver’s record label, Jagjaguwar, is located right here in Bloomington, Indiana. Lucky me.

So today, I took my first step. Although it may be small, and although it probably will not lead me anywhere, I sent an email to Jagjaguwar. I approached them about finding out more information about how the label is run, and just more information about the music industry in general. I would absolutely love to get to talk to someone from there, and I feel like it would give me the inspiration and motivation I need to get started on my career journey.

But whether I hear back or not, I know that it was my first step. My first step of many.

 

February 2, 2012

Art is suffering, art is happiness, art is a loud voice, a proud mind, art is expression. Art can be created in a variety of medias with a variety of motives. Art is a therapy, art is a hobby, art is a lifestyle. Art is something formed by one mind and heart to be shared with other minds and hearts. I believe that we need art just as much as art needs us. While we use it to express, entertain, or educate, art uses us to provoke and provide. We can use art to express our feelings, entertain an audience and viewers, or educate about an issue or subject. Art can use us to provoke feelings and ideas that we have inside and bring them to the light, and it can provide us with a deeper insight of people and minds. The goal of art can be anything from bringing a smile to someone’s face, to causing a riot, from stretching the imagination, to question sanity. All of these things have a common source, the desire of expression.

Good and bad, high and low, can these terms possibly apply to art? What do they even mean? If art is a form of expression, who are we to tell someone that their thoughts and feelings are good or bad? Who can be the judge of determining high or low art? From a technical standpoint, we can say that a painting has good brush strokes and an excellent grasp of color and tone, or we can state that a classical music piece uses a structured dynamic and a fluidly changing tempo. We can do this because of the basic rules of technique for certain art forms. But when we get down to the personal interpretation, how can you tell someone that his or her opinions are good or bad, high or low?