There used to be a time when humanity had to have patience before they could enjoy the ‘arts’. Music, paintings, song, wine, drama, dance, stories – they all had to be prepared with love and attention and were a one-off experience. Each performance treasured not just for its brilliance but for its rarity. The performers usually had to move on or would get tired and it wasn’t cheap. Only the elite could afford such entertainment on a regular basis.
Today we have cds, wine shops, theatres, dvds, libraries, galleries… We are all now the elite in that respect.
I melt when I hear some pieces of music. When I hear a rendition of a great Opera classic I marvel at the brilliance, the clarity of the sound as though the artist were sitting right next to me and am grateful to be able to listen to it over and over and over again. The very best, purest, sweetest sound that the artist is able to produce is recorded for us to access whenever, wherever, as often we like.
We may no longer have the patience, but we have not lost the appreciation.
Talking of the arts and Eclipse (what do you mean we weren’t?) there is a website called skinit that will provide a ‘skin’ for your mobile/laptop/mp3 player, you name it, with a picture of a twilighter. I looked for Edward Cullen. Yes, you heard me. I’m Team Edward! Unfortunately they don’t do a skin for my particular ‘phone and, I have to admit, I love my ‘phone more than Edward Cullen. Then again, I may change my mind after seeing Eclipse…