I love fiction for the truth it often speaks. (Thanks for this Mom)
Facts, obviously not, but truth is found in many different forms. Dr. Who has some of my favorite stories. The episode when Amy and Matt Smith visit Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorites. The most poignant moment is when they bring Vincent to a gallery of his work and ask Dr. Black (a museum curator who loves Van Gogh) to describe why Van Gogh is so significant.
“He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before, perhaps no one ever will again.” – Dr. Black in Dr. Who
This statement encapsulates my deepest desire as a musician, a desire that I think many artists would share. It is what I believe art should be. I have been richly blessed and don’t claim to have a tormented life, but I hope that I can use my struggles to cling more fully to the visions of beauty and the hope that I have been given, so that I can share those visions with others.
There is darkness and evil in our world and at times it seems absolute, yet there is always hope and soul ravaging beauty as well. Beauty worth striving for.