One of the toughest decisions that I am still yet to make in life is which art form do I pursue? Do I become a master of guitar and music? Writing? Stand-up comedy? Video making? Each of these crafts can take a lifetime to master, and are all equally appealing.
A musician can inspire, move and uplift people. A good lyricist will craft his words in such a way that the listener can be struck straight in the soul by another who ‘gets it’ and has eloquently put words together in a succinctly beautiful combination. Is this what I work every day to become?
Is this what I work every day to become?
A writer is more versatile. A writer can take its readers to far-flung fantasy lands, back in time, and to the future. A writer can instill empathy into its readers for differing groups in society. They can inform us, make us laugh, entertain us and make us weep like babies. A writer can write the blockbuster movie that everyone talks about in the Summer or the novel on which it’s based. Do I work every day to become this kind of wordsmith?
Do I work every day to become this kind of wordsmith?
A good stand-up comic can make an entire room of people laugh at the same time just by talking and using words. A stand-up comic can explore taboo topics and make its audience laugh at the absurdity of some aspect of it. A stand-up comic takes the absurd and drops it down at our feet like a deer carcass, we never saw it that way before and now the person we are has been changed slightly forever. Do I even try and get on a stage and give this a go?
Do I even try and get on a stage and give this a go?
All three of these art forms require writing to a high standard, and so I hereby vow that I will write whenever I can so I can perfect the craft and turn my hand to any of these. Musical proficiency is the thing I need to reach a compromise with myself on. Am I content to stay at the level that I have reached? Or should I aim to become consistently better over time without the illusions of grandeur of becoming a ‘professional?’
Whichever path I decide to take, if any, I will be disappointed. The grass is always greener on the other side but any of these choices is an extremely perilous path with little short-term reward. Anything worth having is bloody hard work as a man once said, so, in short, I’m going to aim at getting better at writing primariliy, and keep abreast of my music in the meantime. I’ll think of it as doing a major in writing and a minor in music.