I have several songs in my music collection that speak to me. There’s a dance performance that moves me every time I see it. And an essay from my favorite author helped form my beliefs as I was developing my own political identity.
It seems art can sometimes communicate directly with our soul. How does creative expression help us to know ourselves better?
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Once an artist makes a piece of art (a book, a painting, a song, a sculpture, a play, etc.), finishes it and puts it out into the world, what role, good or bad, does the artist play in the work?
Can a good person create bad art? Can a bad person create good art?
How important is the artist to art?
Related questions: What is “good” art? Why do we like what we like? Why does music evoke emotion? How does art influence daily life? What are the benefits of fiction?
Fiction is all around us — in the movies we watch, the books we read, the stores we tell each other. We all consume fiction every day, and telling made-up stories has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of man.
But why should we care? Fiction must serve some purpose in our lives, or it wouldn’t matter so much to us. What are the benefits of fiction?
Related questions: What is the difference between lying and fiction? How can we strengthen our imagination? How important is the artist to art?
People love music. The exact type of music might change from person to person, but it seems like the interest in making music and listening to music is baked in to our DNA.
Music can have a powerful effect on people. It can make people laugh, provoke fear, bring them to tears, or make you tap your foot. Hearing a particular song can instantly bring back a memory from long ago.
But why? What is it about music that speaks to us as a species? Why does music make us feel anything at all?
Related questions: How is music like a language? How does learning music change the way we think? How can music be bad or harmful?