SFContario finished yesterday. Since it was a local convention, we drove back and forth each day instead of having a room at the hotel. That meant only taking as much stuff as could be reasonably carried or safely abandoned in the car. So, unusual for me, no camera, no pictures.
Not completely unrelated to that, I received a very nice compliment on one of my songs. The person noted that I had avoided getting preachy or moralistic on a subject where doing so would have been easy. I've been thinking about that and recognize a lot of factors in play, but one of them is certainly the same aesthetic that led me to photography as a means of expression.
If I show you a photograph, I'm telling you what I saw, I'm telling you that I thought it noteworthy, and I'm revealing my perspective...both metaphorically and literally. Whatever I may say about creating the image, the photograph itself does not tell you how you should react. In my opinion, that's your contribution to the artistic process.
Along with whatever other things I may attempt while writing a song, I try to keep a similar goal at the fore: put a story or situation out there for the listener to consider and let it stand on its own. If my feelings about what's being presented are obvious, I can live with that; "implicit" is OK.
If you ever feel that I've tried to be too manipulative in the words of some song, you have permission to call me on it. I may or may not agree but I'd like the opportunity to decide whether I've broken one of my own major rules.( The song that opened the topic:Collapse )http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/4274