I love stuff that makes me say, "Wow."
You may be like me, and might actually giggle-- that's right, GIGGLE-- with excitement as you watch this. I don't know how they do it. I know I'll never be able to do it. But I'm sure glad they put "it" on film.
What is it about excellence that is so compelling? How do the arts make me feel the way that I feel?
I remember a night at the Mayan Night club when I was just feeling...terrible. Kind of sick. Kind of grumpy. Kind of everything.
And then a friend of mine, Philip, got up and did this tap-dance thing. By the time he was done...
I felt fine.
How did he do that?
Artists seem to have an unbelievable power, whether they realize it or not. Because what they create evokes awe, confusion, anger, even healing.
The greatest filmmakers, poets, dancers-- they understand this. When Steven Spielberg creates something like Schindler's List, he understands that he's not just telling a story. He's leading.
He wants his art to leave a wake. He wants his art to shape the world.
So what role does art play in your life? What kind of art are you drawn to?
If you're an artist, what kind of art are you creating? What wake are you leaving? Where are you leading people?
Make us go "Wow." But don't leave us there. Take us with you.
Posted on Thu, June 4, 2009