“Only when I was singing did I feel loved.”Maria Callas (1923-1977)
The one and only. One of the most outstanding artists and singers who built worlds and bridges with her voice only. The freedom and grace she exuded remain unparalleled among the sopranos of the world – past, present, and future. The nuances and legato in her singing were love itself.
“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”
This is a quote by the great and controversial English Romantic and philosophical poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley (August 4, 1792 – July 8, 1822) from his essay A Defence of Poetry, published posthumously in 1840.
The reason I like this quote so much is because it speaks volumes on how poets and poetesses have been changing history for centuries, even if at a micro level perhaps. But it’s often the lawmakers, governors or politicians who are being given credit for altering the state of the world. As outsiders, poets observe things, nature, people, animals and life as it is, from an objective standpoint view.
So here’s to the poets, who, in isolation, make society more bearable through mastering their craft.
“I sense the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe–but just as irrational as sympathetic magic when looked at in a typically scientific way. I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry–poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs–is how the world works. The world isn’t logical, it’s a song.” David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries(2009).
David Byrne (b. May 14, 1952) is a singer, songwriter, musician, writer – you name it. Also the lead singer of the new wave band, Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991, David Byrne is one of the greatest artistic minds of our generation, with more creativity and originality than we can keep up with. His musical genius spreads across multiple genres and is even reflected in his all-encompassing book on music theory, the music industry and the art of making music, How Music Works published in 2012.
I was fortunate enough to re/discover Talking Heads in 2019 when I started diving deep into their discography. I was hooked and the entire world became magical all of a sudden. Everything was music and nothing hurt. I will always look back on the time I listened to their music, as well as Byrne’s solo projects as one of the happiest, most ecstatic of my life. So I cannot begin to describe the appreciation I have for David Byrne’s mind which vastly contributed to our culture with everlasting tunes.
“I paint flowers so they will not die.” Frida Kahlo
Whatever you do, ‘water’ your artistic impulses as often as you can and don’t let them wither. They’re yours and need to be validated. This is essential especially in times of crisis as art can soothe the human spirit above all else.