Sunday, 16 October 2016

Emotional Insanity

Incarcerated by limitations of one’s own ideas, tormented the composer flapped the manuscript about as though swatting lazy summer flies; candle wax dripped as shadows cast danced upon the ceiling. It was not the symphonic sound as notes fell from stave to ground the music maker wished to hear; a crotchet, in fear, lay amidst the quavers, and the rests, of course semibreves heaved a sigh and discordant silence fell across the room, quiet, still . . . the old composer climbed upon the wooden second floor window sill.

Not the fall from bed to floor that woke me, but the shout of Eureka! outside my bedroom window, and there prancing like the devil himself the composer skipped in circles waving the manuscript as though fanning imaginary flames. Eyes agog I watched him reel as he fell to kneel and kissed the dirt with exclaims, I’ve taken by the girth the birth of an idea in celebration of our mother earth, to compose a piece encapsulating the beauty of her four season. I looked to my unfinished painting of vibrant yellow flowers, oh the insanity of that damn fool composer I thought whilst seeking my reflection in the vanity glass; lightly I touched the bloodied image of my right ear, soon the pain will pass.

© Julian Clarke 2016

13 comments:

  1. This is brilliant.. the two contrasting images of the two artist, never really reaching out to each other, yet doing the same thing, the creating. Maybe it shows how art is created (maybe unnecessary) in loneliness.

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    1. Hi Bjorn, exactly that, and thank you for your thoughts and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. This was quite interesting, I could feel the joy and pain of each artist. I think artists have their moments of madness trying to create that which evolves in their head.

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  3. Ha ...Van Gogh is hallucinating about Vivaldi...very creative and very clever indeed!

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  4. Well, I do wish I understood this. I don't feel qualified to comment. Sorry.

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  5. This is very clever. I can see both composer and artist, in their separate approaches. Cool write.

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  6. A wonderful tale pinned against the many vagaries, caprices, perils, frustrations and pure joy that are part of the creative process. The juxtaposition of the artists is really effective ... inspired, actually.

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  7. I can feel the angst the artist goes through and the joy which he feels at his accomplishments. Beautifully penned.

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  8. ah! the pain as well as joy in the process of creating, i guess ever artist must go through creative pangs

    thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard this week

    much love...

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts

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  9. Inspiration in the arts comes from many sources, long may it do so but I don't think I would write any better with just one ear!

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  10. Vibrant!

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