If “if’s and edges were candy and ledges, oh what a wonderful….”

Isn’t that how it goes?  No?  Thought for sure it was.  Who comes up with these  immortal little verbal ditties?  So.  What comes first… writing one of these posts?  Title of video/image/song?  Often it is the music/film clip/image that is the primary catalyst and sometimes it is simply a saying gone awry.  Clever little wordplays that pop up in my brain like a warm frosted pop tart. 

And what exactly is it that feeds the creative mind?  What nourishes the nuggets of novelty that one day become poems/short stories/books/film?  I couldn’t get to sleep last night so I turned on the TV. Got stuck on a PBS channel at a program talking about and with various directors/writers/producers about their films.  More particularly the start of their careers.  You could tell the program was relatively old as all interviewed seemed so very much younger than we know them to be now.  Anyway, they finally came to Quentin Tarantino.  He mentioned how quickly he wrote Reservoir Dogs.  Just sat down one day and started to write.  Stopped 21 or so days later and poof!  One of the best films to come out of the early 90’s.  (Pulp Fiction stands beside it vying for the same spot in my humble opinion.)

Does spontaneous creativity trump the sit down, try and tweak creativity?  Of course not!  Because who really cares how a song/film/book came to be.  It is the finished product that carries it all.  Enjoyable/relatable/immortal.  (Some of you may have noticed use of multiple word descriptors with these things:  /.   Totally unconcious on my part.  Was reading the Wakefield Doctrine yesterday and noticed the use there of that literary style thingie.)

What do you think? Can consensus, without subjectivity, really be reached when it comes to art?

5 thoughts on “If “if’s and edges were candy and ledges, oh what a wonderful….”

  1. clark September 26, 2011 / 11:06 am

    that would be the patented* clarklike need to allow the listener to make their decision based on maximum information with minimum bias (of the provider). We make the mistake of assuming that all people want the most choices possible.**

    *this stands for all we like people
    ** scotts cannot deal with multiplicity of choice and rogers would *rather* not


    • Girlieontheedge September 26, 2011 / 11:55 am

      Overall I agree but….I have come to believe (having listened to a fair amount of whining/complaining) that people in general do not want the mostest of choice.
      I get the “scotts cannot deal” reference but please, expound on the rogerian “rather not”.


  2. Seven Ravens September 26, 2011 / 11:14 am

    I think art is individual, not a consensus thing, though there will always be groups that like one thing or another. Creativity is fed by anything and everything, if allowed. It can be worked at or come spontaneously. I think a combination is best.


    • Girlieontheedge September 26, 2011 / 12:14 pm

      It is individual….and it is consensus. How else do you have enormous numbers of people look upon the work of Monet and Picasso as great art? The styles could not be more different and yet there is consensus both are “great artists”. Can the Monet camp appreciate the art of Picasso enough to agree (without necessarily liking it) that his art is also “great”?
      I do not disagree that creativity is fed from mere existance but what is the final/ultimate criteria that elevates a work of art, book, band or individual musician to the realm of “great”?
      (curious as to the “if allowed”….)


  3. clark September 26, 2011 / 1:45 pm

    you cannot have a greater span than the one between (of your Comment above) Monay or Pacaso (the people, not the art) and the ‘people’ going to look at their paintings.
    I suspect there is much to be learned (from the distinction between the two) but no matter how expert a fan may be, they are so not the artist. And among the lookers…there are differences

    so much there…


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