Art is Submission: thoughts on letting go

 

Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac took the strings of harmony and emotion and beat them until the art dripped out of their persons like a squeezed pear. And no one could ever truly enjoy the beauty of their art in this performance unless he submitted himself to what they submitted themselves to. I saw in the comments on this video that some people related their performance to the influence of drugs on their minds. These delightful people may be correct; it makes no difference to me. The drugs were a sort of instrument themselves. Like a switch on a computer, the drugs did something to their inhibitions that caused them let go of the cares that kept them from complete submission to their music.

Interesting enough, I’ve written while being high a few times. I’m writing completely sober at present, if you are wondering. I’ve also written songs and performed songs in front of crowds, from fifty people to some number over a thousand, and what I’ve had to do with each line on paper, and each note I held out during a performance, is let go. I had to submit myself to the present moment, with all of it’s pressure and all of it’s anticipation flittering out of me at once, and found myself in state of mind that I could not experience without the performance. To no surprise, I find myself in total resonation with the urge to be high while performing music, and even writing it.

There are different kinds of highs, and I have a very limited expertise in the variety of highs myself, but common with all drug use is the journey one takes from usual consciousness into a different one. Focus is unlimited at a certain point on the road to letting oneself go during a high. And it is important to note that not every artist is high during his performances. I have never been. But the times I did a terrible job performing has always been when I didn’t let go of everything but the music.

This principle of letting go applies also to listening to music or enjoying any performance of art. It could be a speech, or a book, for example. Once you’ve forgotten your surroundings, including the ringing of thoughts in your mind’s ear, you can enjoy the arts in an enlightening and energizing manner. To my eyes and ears, this performance is of the finest of self-forgetfulness and complete submission to the beauty and power of art, and one should not forget that he must recognize and submit to this principle if he is to enjoy the complete beauty of this performance.

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