Bending the Strings of Understanding
What Happens when We Bend the Strings of Understanding?
I’d like you to watch the YouTube shared below of two of the world’s greatest living cello players. I give it to you to illustrate a vital point: the boundaries of musical understanding are there to be broken.
The Cellists are Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser; though you might assume it, they are not brothers. They perform their interpretive style of cello expression as 2Cellos. This performance is the release of their AC/DC cover, “Thunderstruck.”
The costumes for this staging were provided by the Giostra Society of Croatia, a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1086139) that’s been around since 1984, if I have that correctly.
AC/DC is an Australian-based hard rock band that started under brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in 1973. It’s had numerous band members since then and attained its own place in modern music.
Two factors defining barriers in the arts
What keeps us from reaching maximum levels of expression? The question pertains to all forms of human creativity.
The barriers of which I refer seem to be caused by two characteristics found in human nature:
- the acceptance of boundaries
Do we have boundaries in literature? Yes. Shakespeare broke those boundaries while he was alive or at least set them.
Are there boundaries in the canvas arts such as painting? Of course. The greater artists are those who in their abandonment of traditional techniques and styles, create and develop their own artistic statements.
What about performing arts, like acting? Think of the best actors of modern screen, the very best and you see individuals like these two Cellists who expand on and sometimes break the known barriers of characterizations.
What’s common among these abnormal exceptions?
In my interpretation, one common attribute of those who break through established barriers is their bold willingness to abandon self-consciousness or at least go beyond it daringly. It’s as if the individual disappears into the personification of the intended performance, painting or musical orchestration.
Another common attribute is their practiced willingness to discipline themselves in the extraordinary.
It seems to me that such artists, the barrier-breakers, show a common attribute of practicing the art of breaking the mold of expectations. They practice going beyond the norm. They lay down the text books and song books and patterns they’ve known or are taught through education in continual attempts to find or create some new expression, way or technique.
Are you willing to lay down your known patterns and techniques, even to set aside your entire education? Are you willing to go beyond the barriers defined by what you should do in your art expression?
Tell me what you think.