Art is what defines the human spirit and sets us apart from all the other creatures on this planet. I have seen a video clip of an elephant painting somewhere in Thailand. It holds the brush in its trunk and splashes some different colours onto the canvas. When there is an animal doing something seemingly clever like that, there is always an entrepreneur around, and in this case, the zoo sells the paintings for amounts of money that an individual artist would dearly love just so that he/she can eat! But a painting like that, be it by a monkey, a dog, a cat, or snail crawling over paper can never compare to what a human can produce.
What is art? It’s an expression of one’s creative skill and imagination, usually in a visual form, like a painting or sculpture. This creation can be admired or appreciated by others. Art also exists in things like music, literature and dance. When I look at certain artistic events or things, I really do appreciate the skill that goes into the finished product. I have visited many, many churches across Europe and seen religiously inspired art that just amazes me.
I love music. I actually play a couple of instruments myself, a guitar and an accordion. I would like to learn how to play the keyboard, be it a piano or an electronic keyboard. I can sit back in my lounge chair at home and immerse my mind in some classical music. I was recently at a public park, near where I live and they have a bandstand designed to accommodate musical bands performing concerts. This day they had the local university band playing a classical piece, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. I had to stop and listen, although acoustics in these sorts of places aren’t the best. I love the sound of the violins, though. They are always in the front row and provide the sweetest sound mixed with cellos and French horns. Where do you buy a violin from these days anyway? I have never seen them in a musical store, just guitars, drums, maybe a clarinet, some electronic keyboards and more guitars.
As a kid, I always associated violins with an orchestra playing classical music, or maybe gypsy music in the countryside of Hungary and Romania. (Okay, I can’t help the way I think all the time!) But with the internet and Facebook and YouTube and all manner of social media, I have been introduced to different aspects of violin playing that makes me think of it as a really cool instrument. I have now seen some artists performing with these violins in various bands and groups and they provide a diversity of sound mixed with traditional band instruments like guitars and drums. If you want to listen and see a real artist perform on a good electric violin, I suggest you check out a young lady by the name of Lindsey Stirling. She will blow you away with her performances.