This week in class we had a special guest lecturer, Ryan Nadel, who chatted to us about how we can define publishing and creating our own voice. One of the most interesting things that he talked to us about was Maus. This project used the medium of comic books to tell the story of a man’s journey during the Holocaust. The story used animals in place of humans with the Jews portrayed as mice and the Nazis portrayed as cats. What struck me about this was that the author used something that was viewed as being strictly for entertainment and used it to do something impactful. He took the comic format and used it to tell a very serious story; yet because of the medium used, the story was able to reach a new audience of people.
At first, I didn’t quite get how this could connect to music. But as I thought about it, it became quite apparent. Music today has seemed to reflect the fluff. We are missing the substance that music can offer and has offered in the past. Yet we have the prime opportunity to change this around! We can take what is currently being used for non-substantial things and create something meaningful and unique. Yes, there are glimmers of hope in various spaces and as that hope is spread, we’ll be able to make something unique and special.
That’s all for now.
Peace & Harmonies