Lasting sources of inspiration

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It has been said by old hands in the performing arts that inspiration cannot be turned on like a tap. This is undoubtedly true. It makes sense therefore, that some expressive moments are likely to resonate more than others.

One can aspire towards making weighty artistic statements, but the truth always emerges in the long run. Those who achieve notoriety for being deep or profound usually do this because it is natural for them to do so.

Observing interactions in the arts is often comparable to the “Emperor’s new clothes” story. Artifice can be impactful for short periods, but in the fullness of time, creative energy will always be appreciated for what it is.

Some artists are fortunate enough to understand the way that things work in this regard from relatively early in their lives. Others have to go on long journeys, sifting the wheat from the chaff on their way before they understand.

Perhaps this is the reason why the revered artists of the European canon are given so much respect. Anyone whose work attains a status of resonance across generations usually has something exceptional to offer.