and this shall be the new portrait

a lot of what people do with regards to the arts depends on the, sometimes falsified, hot air of others. something that is seemingly full and grande... but in reality... there is a shear substance on the outside... being expanded by nothing substantial underneath.  the metaphor, obviously coming from that of a hot air balloon, where the substance is very thin - and even though a balloon looks large, once the air inside is taken out, the leftover, phlacid remains seem puny. (i  perhaps just put my foot in my mouth because it is that very hot air that i am angering towards that produces the effect of the balloon to rise and do its job.... but lets just let the half-thought-out metaphor stand for now shall we?)

don't get me wrong, a lot of art is great... and much of that great art doesn't get the respect it deserves.... but sometimes, some art gets a lot of undeserved respect and admiration because those surrounding that art falsely uplift.

this can be dangerous because then the art itself begins to lack even further because the audience appreciates a sub-par craft... thus permeating a notion that is the inverse of the growth that occurs amidst healthy competition.

for instance, i always liked how, in competitive environments like basketball, we have grown immeasurably even in the last 20 years or so. for instance, Dr. Julius Irving's hook shot was an amazing feat of basketball maneuvering back in his day... but if you try and pull that sort of shenanigan on the courts today... you'll get that ball swiped e'er so fastly. today's basketball players have made unbelievable progress with regards to yesteryears... and in only a short span of time... due to the healthy competitiveness that allows for progress... or rather necessitates it.

this, however is the inverse in some art situations... where the art itself is not that great... but it is accepted as being "amazing" ( a word, i believe, that is used all too oftly. stressing the "AZ" in am-AAAAZ-ing") inasmuch, once it is accepted that bad art is good... and accordingly, horrible art will be considered "okay"... but soon the tide shifting will increase and horrible art will soon be good.

for instance, i see this a lot in some bands that have a lot of hype, and especially in some poor hip-hop groups i've seen, where the vocalists depend on those on the stage to rile their enthusiasm... but it is painful when the crowd does not agree... and you see an enthusiastic vocalist with not enough "hot air" in the crowd to legitimize it.

also... i've been looking at some annie leibowitz photos... and yeah... she's done some neat things... but some of these latest photos strike me as altogher banal and mundane. yet since it's "annie leibowitz" it is getting the attention of a master print. it just is frustrating sometimes i guess

i mean... i see the necessity of it sometimes, and i don't always want to be hard on art and artists... but its just the things i thinka bout often and they get to me so i verbalize them here.

on the other hand though, on the positive-optimistic-tj-side of things... i have been inspired by the works of pierre puvis de chavannes a lot recently and larry rivers. these guys really did some great things... and here's an example (kind of) what i was talking about before... where Chavannes' drawings were considered horrendous while the romantics and the followers of ingres and david's were reaping all the credit of great drawings... but honestly... realism sometimes just lacks something in its effectiveness.... P.P.Chavannes drawings suggest so much in their unfinished realism that it keeps it intriguing.

the above are pierre puvis de chavannes' the below are lary rivers'

i am running on a tangent now i guess. so i will stop ranting about art.

i recently have decided to re-attempt to get guitar lessons from this great french-gypsy player in my neighborhood, Stephane Wrembel. I want to learn how to maneuver over changes better... and while i hate jazz guitar almost as much as trombone and vibes... this guy really says some neat things with his instrument.  and while gypsy jazz is sometimes like reagae to me in that after 3 or 4 songs i've had my fill... i think there's a lot to learn in those arpeggiated runs... i am hoping that i can take my knowledge and just augment it with this approach and be able to capitalize.

just take a look at his busy schedule... and thats just the performances... i'm sure he teaches lessons at least 3 or 5 a day at $50/lesson... making good money and playing nonstop music... that seems like a great way to do things... perhaps thats the way i should go?...

i really need to get back to playing live music... its inspiring.
ok... i shall get ready for bed now.

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