New Year’s Resolution: Sharing Without Borders
Bay Bryan • February 5, 2016 • Art •
It’s such a strange thing to think about. I don’t know why. Perhaps because I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a vital part of my life.
My mom had all the kids study piano, as well as one other instrument of choice (mine being guitar). On top of that I always sang in choir, from elementary school through high school. Even singing in special all-county honor choirs and small-group ensembles. Oh yea. I was super cool.
One of my all-time favorite movies was Sister Act 2, and when I listened to Lauryn Hill sing, I died. I obsessively listened to her voice, her words, her sound –ugh, SOO GOOD! So when I started writing songs at around 11 years old, I was being both influenced by my favorite classical musicians (specifically romantic composers like Tchaikovsky and Debussy) and pop artists (like Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Usher (8701), & Tupac). Songwriting just happened.
It was my alone time, and I wasn’t open to sharing it at first. In fact, I didn’t really share my songs with anyone other than a couple of specific friends and family members until I was about 17, and then I started to slowly open up… I think that’s been my experience with performance in general really: I was born dramatic. But it has honestly taken until now to finally open up and to really enjoy sharing what I love to do. It’s been a process.
So for me, I can’t separate art with storytelling. They are one and the same. Stories, whatever form they take, have the power to inspire genuine reaction, and then, quite possibly, action. They can make us reflect on our own lives, gain insight into another person’s existence, and a countless amount of other things… I personally love the idea of being invited into a fantasy, and I find it fascinating that we have this ability… that we have this imagination.
I think fantasy and imagination, besides being fun, are directly linked to innovation and our primal need to progress forward as a species. Perhaps art serves us in more ways than anything else can.
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