Monday, April 11, 2011

What is more important: the art or the person?

It must be backwards month/year/era in music, when a white girl can have the top soul song, and a black kid from VA is dropping tracks that sound like they should be banging from some club speakers in Ibiza.

Chris Brown Feat. Benny Benassi- Beautiful People from Mechanical Dummy on Vimeo.

I ain't mad tho. I guess it's some sign of the globalization of our culture, blahblahblahjargonjargonjargon - as a kid who grew up slightly ashamed of her eclectic musical tastes, I'm glad people are opening up to different sounds and aural textures.

A sidebar about chris brown: this kid has me conflicted than a mothafucker. On one hand, he haz issues. Deep, dark, evil issues, that cloud his light and talent, and are threatening to sink his battleship. Compounded by his commitment to denial instead of acceptance and improvement, it's almost easy to want him to fail. His ignorance isn't bliss, it's irresponsible and corrupting. Can't help someone who doesn't want to help himself.

But on the other: The kid has so much talent. I've never felt more compelled to just watch someone the way I can when I watch CBreeze dance. If you let me get New Age-y for a second, I would say that he's compelling in those moments because in it he is the truest version of himself, exploding with natural joy and you can experience it with him just by watching. It's so powerful to watch someone doing what they love to do, and doing it well. Because of that, I want him to succeed, I want him to overcome the dark.

“If you love large, you've got to hurt large. If you've got a lot of light, you've probably got an equal amount of darkness.”

How much does personal life count? At what point do you walk away from someone as an artist, because they, as a person and human being, suck?

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