Archive for July, 2011

Drawing the Line Between Graffiti and Urban Art

The line between Graffiti and Urban art continues to draw controversy. Is it public defacement or an expression of artistic temperament? Opinions vary with some saying Graffiti is not an art form and others indicating it can be amazing art but only when it doesn’t destroy private property. Still another person commented, “Its like a footprint on a foundation. makes you think about who left it behind”. As a gorilla art isn’t the purpose of graffiti to make passersby think about where they are and who else has been around?

As a sporadic Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Down Bach: Composers Inspired by Johann Sebastian

Johann Sebastian Bach was a man who has inspired millions of musicians, composers, artists, and writers worldwide. His work is among the most recognized and he is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. Several of the musicians he inspired were his own children, who grew up to be fantastic composers and musicians themselves. (Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach from his first marriage and the six children from his second marriage: Gottfried Heinrich, Johann Christoph Friedrich, Johann Christian, Elisabeth Juliane Friederica, Johanna Carolina, and Read the rest of this entry »

Exploring the Hidden Roots of Jazz Music

Understanding music, both as a listener of it and a player of it, is a never-ending journey, with multiple layers of meaning and revelation. It seems that every time you get to the true essence of a piece, a genre, a performance, or an artist you find that you can go deeper still. One of the great joys of music is this discovery of meaning. Getting to the hidden roots of jazz music enables this joy.

Jazz is so encompassing of so many genres Read the rest of this entry »

Who Silenced the Poets? An Examination of Modern Poetry

What can one say about poetry today other than that it’s conspicuously absent and that hardly anyone even realizes the silence left in it’s wake. This is because that silence is loud indeed. The hole left behind where poetry once occupied our culture is of course filled in with the meaningless cacophony of radio, television, video games, cell phones, the internet and so on.

Our media environment makes no room for poetry. We are too busy Read the rest of this entry »

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