Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The making of an artist...



What is an artist?
How does one become an artist?
What are the ingredients?

1. An artist is one that has the ability to observe and perceive (chochma).
2. To take those perceptions and formulate ideas..to formulate concepts, motifs in music, art, poetry or any other form..(bina).
3. To be able to create a whole out of those ideas and abstraction (daas).
4. Finally to have the means and ability to have others see what you see (chessed).

This is the most difficult challenge to the artist.
There are those that have wonderful ideas in their head but no way of sharing them.

Another major hurdle for a budding artist is confidence. The belief in oneself. He sees a great painting and instead of being intimidated he says to himself, hey I can do that.
When reading a great story, to be able to pick up a pen and start writing one yourself.

And finally the most important component to being an artist. Is actually doing it.

It's always a treat to encounter new talent. I recently discovered a phenominal composer named Jay Greenberg.
I can't stop listening to his music.
His Symphony Number 5 is such a joy to listen to.
And then I think about everything it takes to get to that point. To the point of creating a great album. All the creativity, the hard work, the converting ideas into full orchestration, the believing that you're good enough to compose great music and finally the actual doing it. The signing a contract with Sony records.. To having your pieces premiered by the best musicians and orchestras in the country...

And then the pay off..
The critics are crazy about his music.
“The Fifth Symphony makes it obvious that Jay is a craftsman: an orchestrator, a developer, a technical whiz. And his musical ideas seem to flow easily, naturally …The Quintet, if anything, more impressive than the symphony. Like the larger piece, it is well wrought, and it has the intimacy – the immediacy of communication that chamber music should have … even if he composes nothing else – unthinkable – he has already given us something to listen to.”
NATIONAL REVIEW

“Greenberg pieces reveal a major talent …The orchestration is remarkably assured, showing a keen ear for how sections of instruments can complement and play off each other. There’s a clear sense of direction and purpose to the work, a build-up of drama and tension that ends with a blaze of high-spirited energy …Greenberg creates real music, fresh music …The disc provides an introduction to a composer who has probably only just begun to surprise the heck out of us.”
THE BALTIMORE SUN

Oh..there's one thing I forgot to mention...

He's only 14 years old...



http://www.jaygreenbergmusic.com/


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12 Comments:

Blogger jewmaican20 said...

I am most definitely going to check him out...
Thanks Dave...

October 31, 2007 11:05 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

wow, so interesting, thanks for sharing!

November 01, 2007 7:54 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

wow.
unbelievable talent.

November 01, 2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i luv this post!!
this is the best blog ever!!!
you rawkkk

November 01, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

jewmaican...
you wont regret it...

chaverah...
any time..

dreamer...
yup

anon...
umm ok

November 01, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

In what way is it "chesed" to get others to see what you see? You mean in the sense of sharing? OK.

Also...
most art doesn't have that "pay off." One has to love the process, not the result, or one couldn't keep on going... Most artists experience rejection or at best ignoration (I know it's not a word -- but ignorance isn't right...) but they keep on going because they believe in what they're doing... Sometimes the payoff comes post mortem, sometimes not at all...

Hence the stereotype of the "lonely, starving artist."

November 01, 2007 9:49 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Bas_M...
Chessed means the expansion beyong your own borders...the giving from yourself to others..which in essence is what art is..
You're right about the artists..but don't think it didn't kill them..that others weren't getting their art..

November 02, 2007 9:16 AM  
Anonymous YudNo.22 said...

i struggled with this post. what to say. what not to. you were so happy...so idealistic...
But, "yes, yes" to Bas-Melech's post because the reality of art--the real deal behind it is not so pretty. that, coupled with sony schpeel--come on. i used to work in the music industry.
i am happy for the triumph of the musician/artist you highlight, but, there are so many, some just as talented, who don't make it. artists are not so much courageous--they are full of emotions and experiences that they have to relay, expel, work through. businessmen, or people with money, they sometimes meet these people and then, the game is on. or, better yet, a lesser deal is made, and the artist is compromised or better yet, manufactured, and...ah, i am getting too sober here.
either way, david, i am happy you are. (happy)

November 02, 2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

beautiful
thanks for the pointer

November 03, 2007 4:19 PM  
Anonymous YudNo.22 said...

Feeling guilty for my words, I checked out your Jay Greenberg. Seems all the crap that spilled out of my mouth, was just that, and not applicable to your post. Apologies.

November 04, 2007 10:19 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

22...
Hmm I dont know much about the business..
But this kid is the real deal..

towik...
Sure thing...

22...
no need to apologize..
:-)

November 05, 2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous yudNo.22 said...

ah! to breathe!
yes, there was--need.
thank you for the smile. words, they are not empty messengers. i felt horribly guilty. even if such things exist, no need to highlight them. and, you are right. he is the real deal. that's why i was doubly wrong.
enough.

November 05, 2007 6:31 PM  

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