Saturday, January 19, 2013
Why Eat McD's When You Can Have Filet?
My husband is a musician. While he's played (and continues to play) some very accessible music of all kinds (pop, rock) he prefers avante-garde stuff. John Hassell is his current favorite musician; Bill Frisell was another inspiration. So we have lots of discussions about art, and in particular trying to find your audience.
I am constantly amazed by how much really cool, interesting stuff is being made. Filmmakers, musicians, artists and yes, even writers. Cool, out-of-the-box stuff that will knock your socks off, make you see the world in a different way, maybe even change your life--but nobody pays attention to this stuff. Why? It blows my mind. Why don't more people seek this stuff out?
He just showed me the trailers for a couple movies he's heard about that look absolutely fascinating. We haven't watched them yet, but we plan to. One is Samsara, a visual documentary. Scenes of amazing things from all around the world. Even a two-minute clip was overwhelming. The other is Catfish, a pseudo-documentary about a guy who falls in love with a woman through Facebook and--wait for it, it's not what you expect--goes to meet her in person and stumbles across a horrible secret. (If you've seen it and hated it, feel free to let me know).
There are probably a couple people sniffing at the fact that I am writing on this topic. I'm sure lots of people consider my writing to be completely commercial. Well, there's always someone willing to one-up you on the I'm-hipper-than-thou scale. Fine, if that's your thing, knock yourself out. If anything, I've suffered from trying to walk the line between being commercially accessible and telling the story that I want to tell which--if you've actually read one of my books--tend to be bleak and dark rather than the shiny, HEA, don't-make-it-too-unpleasant thing that's so popular now. I'm more Thomas Hardy than Charles Dickens--and even Dickens had his dark moments.
But I digress. I wanted this to be a post about discovery. Those are the next two movies hubbie and I are going to see. What about you? Can you recommend a really good artistic experience, something you'd done lately, be in movie, music, book, visual artistry. What has blown your mind recently?