Monday, November 19, 2018

Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For #8 - A universal language to express the most powerful truths

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

Today, I am thankful for a more abstract concept.  I'm thankful for good art.

I'm thankful for artists would can find an portray beauty in even the most simple of creations.  I'm thankful for vibrant colors and lines. I'm thankful for good art everywhere from Kirby to Rockwell to Monet.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

I'm thankful for music.  I'm thankful for good music.  I'm thankful for songs that perfectly convey emotion without a single word.  For chords that blend or crash together perfectly for the sentiment of the song.  I'm thankful for the music that you just can't help but dance to.  I'm thankful for the music that moves you to tears.  For the songs that remind you how small you are, and what a might God we serve.

I'm thankful for instruments that speak better than any human voice and for voices that sing with conviction beyond this lifetime.

I'm thankful for Journey.  For Queen.  For Louis Armstrong.  For the Sherman Brothers.  For the genius that is Lin Manuel Miranda.  For Gershwin.  For Selah, for Tomlin, for Crowder, and Hillsong.

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental.  It's so much like life.
Arthur Miller

I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Oscar Wilde

I'm thankful for theater.  For side-splitting comedies.  For dramas that plumb the depths of the human soul.  I'm thankful for the opportunities to see good shows.  I'm thankful for the opportunity to be in good shows.

I'm thankful for that communal experience that brings an audience together, draws them in, and never lets them go until the curtain call.

I'm thankful for Shakespeare, for Miller, for Stoppard, and Sorkin.  For Lewis, Sayer, and Shields.  For Kander and Ebb, for Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Lin Manuel Miranda.  For the Fiasco Theater Company.

I'm beyond grateful to live in a world surrounded by some much good art.

Here's to old favorites and new discoveries.

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