Many people are suffering during this economic crisis, but none as much as our artists musicians and our writers. When we struggle with financial issues it is difficult for us to believe that even someone like Beethoven while he was composing his 9th symphony, had to triumph with his art over materialism. Although, he was not treated as an object of charity, he was, many times in desperate need of monetary assistance which he had to humble himself by reaching out to ask for.
Too many obstructions stood between Beethoven’s ways of life for him to ever feel relaxed and untroubled. It was his spirit that soared above those who appreciated his music. He was thought of as a mere common, socially. During his day, England considered him to be a musician of the first rank and little else. He was no more than one of society’s misfits, struggling in a world that made his commitment to his talent a heavy price to pay for his devotion to it. Writing to friend, he once claimed “I live entirely on the produce of my brains.” Nettel, Reginald,The Orchestra in England, A Social History. (1956),Jonathan Cape. London.
Doing what we love under financial constraints demands character and that we draw from a special kind of mental stamina. Optimism and faith in one’s creativity and talent is an absolute must. In the book: “Edgar Alan Poe, a critical biography” Poe addresses privations, taxations and starvation by referring to Shakespeare – “ Gods! what would I not give, if I had his talent for writing! And what use would I make of the raw material at my command,” Quinn Hobson Arthur, (1998) John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.
Is anyone out there a “Struggling Artist?” Do you share my pain of the struggle?
Why are artists poor?
Creative Teaching –
How Not To Write A Book
Society Owes the Working Poor an Attitude Adjustment
Improvisation for the Spirit
How to Put on A One Man Show
Musicians who try and do make it happen – from thunderous drums to the sinister sound of distorted synthesizer melodies
Living the Creative Life and putting it All Out There
A Scene from the Movie “ The Fabulous Baker Boys”
Lines in Life and on Film –
Never Giving up Hope – Just when you think that…all is lost