“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen,
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Classics. There is so much to say about the finesse, flair and transcendence that is inspired from the most classical things. A pianist is nothing but extraordinary, they go through brutal, brutal trials to get the right notes, the right sound and the right feelings that come with it. They are the perfect perfectionists. Artists, from the renaissance age, and way beyond that are the most explicit and detailed masterpieces that have so much to say and show that we still study them today. The poets…did all of your hearts just release with a dreamy note? Mine sure did. We think of poets (those of us who are romantics) as the ones who write sonnets, and ballads for their beloveds. While they are just as important it gets over looked that there are the solemn, the dreary, the angry and the horrific musings of poetry.
These classics are so important. We modernists, as we continue to strive for the future, forget to look back and think, respect and try to understand the past. In doing so we forget that, although done in a slightly different way, the answers to what we seek can be found in the past, can be found in the silence of instrumental music, in the writings of men and women before us, in a canvas, drawing book, and all other art. We tend to think our predicaments, our problems are new and have only happened in the here and now, that they are unique. You make think of a unique answer, or solution but where does that derive from? Your past! So why not look deeper, to before you were a thought, before your parents were even a thought and see what had transpired back then. Although it is history and before the revolutionary age, problems just like our own were problems like in the people of past times, just altered to their world, their societies.
Reflect on the past, in the present, to decide your future.
Just think about philosophy. We study people who either have died or, to be frank, are on that doorstep, or the path leading to that doorstep. Aren’t we all? Morbid, alright moving on. Philosophy; the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. When you first look into the subject, generally, you get ethics. We evolve our ethics throughout history. If you want to change something but aren’t sure of the reason, the why, how, where and what of it, look to the past and see how history did it, how history can advise us and most importantly warn us.
Enjoy the classics, listen to classical music once and while. Go to a museum or an art gallery to just simply look at the paintings, and all the art and see where that leads you. Go buy a book in the classics department or the history department in your bookstore, better yet go to a library and sit and read books there that are free!
Books: If you are like me, I love to be able to read books/novels whenever I want and do whatever I want with them so I usually purchase my books; although it does put a nice dent in my bank account.
Classical Music: I hated, absolutely despised classical music, especially instrumental. I thought it was stuffy and honestly, too old of a tune, there was no lyric to it. Boy was I wrong. There were so many lyrics and it came alive! It was not stuffy and old, it became…liberty; the freedom to think whatever I wanted and to inspire me as there is so many voices and emotions coming through the pianist, violinist, the cello player and so many other artists with their instruments just playing and speaking through that device, allowing us to just feel what they are going through, what they have gone through and their feelings. That resonates with me, and will forever; it never ages.