« The artist pays the price. »
The artist….. pays the price…..
I stared at this phrase until I had to have answer. I mean…. I’m an artist, what exactly am I paying for now?
My thought process is shaped from conversations I have with others, and one cat I build with on a regular, is my boy Civilian (I am not sure if I can give up his secret identity yet). When I read his IM status, let’s just say my curiousity was piqued.
He told me it was a line from a Marvin Gaye song entitled « Life Is For Learning » on the « In Our Lifetime? » album. At this time….. in the public square….. I am going to admit this….. I am not really up on Marvin’s catalog(bows head in shame). I know « What’s Going On, » « Let’s Get It On, » « Mercy Mercy Me, » and a handful of others….. but « Life Is For Learning » (cheeky grin), so I will study up.
The lyrics of this song are DEEP. Imagine this, « the artist pays the price so you don’t have to » – like someone stepping into a burning building to let you know how hot it can get, and then describing being burned in painful detail – FOR YOU – so you don’t necessarily have to go there, but can have the experience: an actor so immersed in a role, they can’t tell where the character begins and they end.
That’s enough to make anyone crazy ain’t it? In Part 2 I will discuss art and the toll it takes on sanity :), but for now listen to a genius.