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Mrs. A, let me premise this comment by saying I too would rarely agree 100% with what my husband says. My husband was first dubbed Mr. Wonderful and it was shortened to Mr. W. Most people think that is because Wonderful is too onerous to type and they haven’t managed to read between the lines.

As for your sweet man, I manage to disagree and get nit picky with his work too and for that, he has invited Mr. W and I to meet the two of you. He is a glutton for punishment.

In the blogging world, we often seem to come up with an opinion about that which we know nothing about, case in point: my thoughts about art. The fact that you may “have a clue” because you have a relevant undergrad just spurs me on. Johnny, did I mention my undergrad is in history?

Getting back on topic for a moment, I agree with your comment: “that ones ability to judge something depends entirely on how much you know about it.”
You can develop an appreciation for a piece of work, realizing perhaps, the difficulty in the technique or perhaps, the significance of the piece given the history that is attached to it, or perhaps the appreciation is “just because.” I can easily translate this to any subject, music, specifically guitar, comes to mind for me.

I also appreciated you comment “everything that is created consciously has merit, there is a message that someone wants us to receive and our own interpretation of that message provides a infinite number of possibilities for more creativeness.” This reminds me of well written short fiction with the hidden symbols and threads throughout the story. I have never thought about art in this way and that comment has a lot of power and will change my perspective when looking at art.

It is the following that I was more concerned with: “There is a message that someone wants us to receive and our own interpretation of that message provides a infinite number of possibilities for more creativeness.”

While we may be more creative because of something we have seen, or read or that to which we listened, my question, based on media theory: will we ever truly understand the message that the artist was trying to portray.

As John Lennon once said, there are only a few people that do Beatles songs well because those few know the story behind the music. And looking at your answer, you seem to agree, because you say: “people outside that reality will never truly understand.”

It was great hearing your comments. Please join us again sometime.

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