Sunday, July 8, 2018

This Doesn't Look A Thing Like Me

Oh, no, I ain't your hero
You're wasting all your faith on me,
Oh, no, I know where this goes
 - "My Hero" by Foo Fighters, cover and lyric adaptation by Paramore

Where does this disco?
 - "Where Does This Disco" by YACHT

He's ordinary
 - "My Hero" by Foo Fighters

It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.
 - "Indifference" by Despair Inc

This world doesn't need heroes, but as children, that's what many of us aspire to be, and some of us never let go of that. A lot of my dreams go that way: me, making a noticeable change in the world.

It's disheartening when the world turns out to not need you.

I think it's easier for the people who create experience-based art, your musicians, your painters, your sculptors, your directors, your designers. It takes little more from your audience than to open their eyes and sit there, expression on their face notwithstanding.

But writers... it takes the willing participation of your audience to engage with the art. They have to read it, paint the pictures made by words in their own minds. Simply put, it's work, and some make it out to be as much work as the act of creation in the first place (just because I make it look easy doesn't mean it is; do you have any idea how many years I've spent practicing this shit?)

A decade of practice probably could have made me a half-way decent artist in any of the other fields, regardless of how little talent I started with and how little I enjoyed employing that method of creation, but no. I'm a writer. That's what I do. Words are how my brain captures ideas and images.

And if you don't want to participate, that's your own fault.

Don't come crying back to me when you start wondering if you're missing out, because experiencing written work can take as much practice as creating it, and, honestly, has a much better payout than "learning" how to "experience" "experience-art." It's your own damn fault. And I totally did warn you.

I will definitely say "I told you say," and I will enjoy it.