After reading an article here that discusses the use of chemical enhancers to enjoy a particular piece of art, it got me thinking, “how normal is this?”
So today, that is my question. Does music, or certain kinds of music have to be accompanied by some sort of outside chemical influence? I find the answer to this preposterous, but I’d like to know what you think too.
It seems ridiculous to me that many cannot appreciate the music, art, or even a football game without alcohol or something illegal. There is the argument that many artists would not have made some of their best music without drugs or alcohol. But do you really think Hendrix would have washed out without drugs? Do you think Miles Davis really would not have been a household name if he had been clean? I think that although there is no way of truly knowing these answers, it is kind of crazy to think that these superbly talented individuals would have never added up to anything. Remember, most of the chemical abuse by artists happens after they become famous since that is when they could actually afford it. John Coltrane recorded his deepest album when he had finally come clean. It’s not an exact science, but it is worth noting these points.
I think music (and so did the ancient Greeks) is such a powerful force, that if you listen closely, it will move you. It is truly a miraculous force, and it is worth spreading and keeping alive. So lets keep this natural drug, that can move you and separate you from society, in our culture and schools to give people more than any single chemical can.