Today, I witnessed an interesting discussion on social media. One person in particular seemed far more interested in belittling others than discussing the subject at hand.
One of her comments implied that music could not be created unless a studio was set up to record. That same comment made a point of underscoring that she was able to create art (ie. paintings and sculptures) because she had her studio set up at her ranch.
She then went on to say that music and theater depended on having a location in which to perform, whereas art could be taken outside the studio with the use of field tools, and she made a point of stating that her “real” tools — canvasses, kiln, sculpture table, etc. — had to stay in the studio.
It’s sad to see an artist of any sort bolster his or her self-esteem by misrepresenting or misunderstanding other artists and their way of creating. What’s sadder yet is when an artist of any sort feels the need to imply that his or her domain is of greater value, and that artists in other domains are somehow lesser artists.
Artists have studios or offices regardless of the domain or domains in which their talents exist, but that doesn’t mean that they are tethered to those studios or offices.
Her comments implied that a composer, arranger and/or songwriter cannot compose or arrange unless he or she is locked away in his or her recording studio. Here’s where her logic falls flat.
1. If her statement is correct, then it stands to reason that a composer must have a band or an orchestra in his or her studio when he or she composes music to compose a piece of music.
2. If her statement is correct, then it also stands to reason that an arranger must have a chorus in his or her studio when he or she writes a choral arrangement to arrange a piece of music for a chorus.
3. If her statement is correct, then it also stands to reason that a songwriter must have the recording artist for whom he or she is writing a song in his or her studio to write a song for that recording artist.
Yes, it’s dangerous to believe one’s own press, and unfortunately, it would seem that this woman has done just that. In the end, her paintbrush isn’t bigger than another artist’s imagination and ability to capture ideas outside of conventional studio or office settings. She just thinks it is.
In the end, being creative is only limited by what you allow to limit creativity. Four walls, a floor, and a ceiling don’t prevent artists from creating. Small people just think they do.