First of all, thanks to Apple Pie and Napalm for inviting me to participate in the 3 Day Quote Challenge. What a cool opportunity. I’d like to nominate Northern Outlaw to participate in this challenge as well. Additionally, everyone should also hop over to Country California and check out the weekly Quotable Country section which is always chock full of poetic (or sometimes face-palm worthy) goodness. On to the quote….
As an artist, I think it’s disrespectful to disregard the consumers of your music during the creation process. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people disagree with me on that, and that’s fine. I’m not saying artists should pander, and I’m not saying they should put on a hat & do a dance for everyone. I’m definitely not saying they should shovel out the same old shit over & over to please people (even though there’s good money in all of that)… I’m saying, as an artist, we have a duty to consider whether or not what we’re creating is interesting to the people who will be consuming it.
– Chris King, “Creative Process and Consumption“
My respect for Chris King’s songwriting abilities has previously been mentioned on the blog, but I am also often impressed by his commentary on other music-related matters. (Really on just about any matter.) Consistently thoughtful, candid and self-deprecating, his voice often rises above the din whenever ish hits the fan.
I’m still considering whether consumers should be part of the equation when creating art. One of the things I admire most about my favorite songwriters is how they manage to take specific circumstances and translate those experiences into compositions that bridge the gaps that divide people in everyday life.
Of course, art is not created in a bubble. An artist must be confident that he can find an audience to appreciate his own truths; the consumer must be confident in the creator’s ability to channel his passions, frustrations and tears into a meaningful product.
The relationship between artist and consumer is built over time. However, it seems the foundation of that relationship must be constructed on the back of the creator. While consideration of the audience is commendable, ultimately that artist must believe his ideas are worthwhile. Without that faith in self, it is impossible to expect anyone else to appreciate his work.
Video courtesy of lesfire.