Art is a universal language that can be understood by anyone who sees it. It speaks in the same way to people who speak different languages and live different lives. Art speaks a universal language.
Taste in art differs greatly from person to person, but artists throughout history have used their art to explore the same timeless themes. These themes cross all boundaries, and are universally appealing. These themes are what connect us with our inner selves and allow us to tap into the subconscious mind where inspiration for writing songs or lyrics can be found.
Art is an outlet for your creativity, allowing you to express your emotions and see things from new perspectives. When looking at art, ask yourself what feelings come up inside you as you view it. By exploring these feelings, you can learn more about yourself and how you relate to the world around you.*
If you are a songwriter or lyricist, you may find that your current work is not as inspired as it once was. The spark seems to be gone. You still have some good songs, but the muse seems to have left you.
As a songwriter, I know this feeling well. I also know that there are things one can do to get those inspirational juices flowing again.
Here are three suggestions:
1)Visit art museums and galleries regularly.
2)Read art books and literature on art history.
3)Listen to music that inspires you — music that takes you to new places emotionally and musically, or music by artists who have done something different or new since your last visit to the studio.**
Art and music are two different things that sometimes overlap. It is important to understand each of them in their own terms. This blog is dedicated to showing you how art can be used for songwriting, or for make any other art medium better.
Tone refers to the attitude or mood of a piece of writing as determined by the words used to convey it. Tone may be serious or playful, calm or exciting, depressing or uplifting, and so on. Tone should be consistent throughout the text and match your intended message. If the tone doesn’t match the message, your audience may not take your meaning seriously.
There are many ways to create tone:
*Visual imagery – The images you use can have a huge influence on the tone of your writing. For example, a lot of people think of fire as a positive thing because it warms us and provides light in dark places. But fire can also burn things and destroy them completely; if you use fire in your writing, you want to make sure your message isn’t about destroying something else (though it might work if you are writing about burning away evil or temptation).
*Emotion-related words – Emotion-related words like “angry,” “anxious,” “happy,” “sad
I am a professional songwriter, and I am always on the lookout for new inspiration. Often that inspiration comes from a work of art. There is no shortage of art out there to inspire you, even if you are not lucky enough to live near an art museum or gallery. The idea that you need to travel somewhere to find great art is just an artistic urban legend.
Tons of art can be found in your local library. Not only can libraries have great books about art, but many of them have online exhibits that feature some of the greatest artists in history. Some libraries also have local artists who will show their work at the library and sell it there as well. And they can also often show you how to get grants so you can create your own works of art.
There are also tons of websites out there that are dedicated to art and artists. One such website is “Art Renewal Center” where you can learn more about what makes up great works of art. Another such website, which I personally recommend is “Art Newz.” Both sites promote the idea that a good work of art stirreds up emotions in viewers and asks them questions about themselves and their relationships with others around them.*
I have had a long love affair with art and music. Having worked in the music industry for over 30 years, I have seen both sides of the coin. I would like to share my love of art and music with you!
I hope you will find this blog useful and interesting. I will explore various aspects of art, including visual arts, poetry, visual lyrics, how to get your work published, music business issues and more.
Telling a story through art
The visual arts are a wonderful way to tell stories. The artist’s expression of their inner voice is what inspires me. Whether it is painting, drawing, sculpture or photography it is an art form that can be appreciated by all. A good artist captures your attention with their work and it makes you feel and think about things in ways you may not have before. It is the ultimate collaboration between emotion and intellect expressed through color, form and composition.
I am often struck by how universal human emotions are expressed through art around the world throughout time. Art has always been an avenue to express ones feelings or opinions on a certain subject matter that might otherwise be impossible or unacceptable to do so verbally in some instances. I love when I see images or hear music that brings back memories of someone or something else that
Like a lot of people, I’ve been making art since I was a child. I have always had an interest in art and drawing. I would spend hours drawing and painting, daydreaming what it would be like to live in a house that looked like a castle with windows as tall as the ceiling, climbing trees that would take me higher than any building and walking in the grass where no cars could go. I had imaginary friends and listened to music. Music is another art form that has been in my life since childhood. Listening to music through headphones whenever I could or sharing my songs with my family and friends is something that has always been around me.
I started writing songs when I was about 9 years old. Growing up, music affected me greatly. The lyrics were so powerful; the words spoke to me, touching my soul and opening my mind to new ideas. The melodies were so catchy and infectious, often leading me to dance or sing along even when no one else was around. One of my greatest joys was listening to music all day on headphones while I drew or painted, but most of all while I wrote songs and poems.
The power of songwriting has helped me express myself creatively in ways that nothing else ever has. Songwriting has given