The Artist’s Dynamic Tension

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
The Artistic Personality

“The artist lives in a state of greater dynamic tension than the nonartist and so is likely to demand more, desire more, withdraw further into herself, witness better, laugh harder, and bellyache louder. This may not be easy for anyone to take- the artist included…” -Eric Maisel in Creativity for Life

Can you relate to that quote? A state of greater dynamic tension… The line in the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony resonates with me: “I’m a million different people from one day to the next”, as do the lyrics to “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover” by Meredith Brooks. In that song, she talks about the extremes in her personality coming out from one moment to the next and then says “You know you wouldn’t want it any other way” and “You know I wouldn’t want it any other way.” And I wonder if I agree with that…

Of course, we all only know what it’s like to be ourselves, really, and even that we’re not completely sure of. From my limited corner of the universe, looking through the window I’ve been given, I marvel at how most people around me seem so even-keeled, without a significant degree of variance or contradiction. How do they do that? Life seems like a kiddie train ride for them instead of the roller coaster it can sometimes be for me. They appear so content and… so numb. Maybe Meredith does have a point after all…


Today’s 4 Minute Writer

Wine Glasses After the Party

The four of them stand motionless, ignoring each other, forgetting that just a few short hours ago they were swinging in each others’ arms, then interlacing them as they drank from each others’ glasses as toast after toast rang in the new year.

Now, they are silent and empty, perfect strangers. Half eaten chips and shelled peanuts lie strewn on the counter at random, meaninglessly. Where did all the buzz and to-do go? Nothing is left but a mess to clean up and a status quo to re-establish.

It’s that awkward in-between time now, the moment suspended between festivity and the mundane, the quiet chaos that excessive merriment leaves behind.

Tomorrow, Jenny will be back at the office, Tom will be on a plane to Vegas, while Herold and Tiffany play mom and dad to their five year old twins. To the people around them, they’ll talk about the weather and traffic, and how the price of everything is going up and how fast time is going by. They’ll be back to their molds, shaking hands on cue and smiling at the person serving their morning coffee. And when they see each other out shopping for groceries or standing in line at the bank, they’ll make polite conversation. It won’t be like it was that night, when they were suddenly the best of friends who let themselves loose, embracing the spontaneity of the moment.

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