It occurred to our dear Composer sometime in the past two weeks that she was taking really nice photographs with her cellphone. Our Lady does not have any particular background in photography. Her cellphone is no different than yours – she aims and clicks and that’s about it. She does not even know the settings yet that are available in the camera app. She poinst and she clicks.
So why, she wondered, did she find some recent snaps of local blooming to be so compelling? Was it simply her joy in the springy season transferring to positive feelings about the snaps? Or was something else going on?
Our Composer of Music for Art was once a mere practicing musician. But spending so much time in the past few years looking at images, culling through nature pics, space art, abstracts, fantasy art, dramatic scenes, landscapes, has sensitized her visually. She appreciates and feels and experiences what she sese more intensely as a result of all the focus on imagery. And it is a good thing. It costs nothing. It is a free gift – a natural result of her commitment to this creative process of pairing music and art.
Here is this cellphone which makes it so easy, and here is this heightened appreciation, awareness of the physical world in all its profound manifestations – and voila – a passion for capturing images and sharing them out is born. As an aside, she discovers the abstract quality of a nature closeup.
Deepening involvement with composition and the electronic music creation process has yielded unexpected rewards as well. One principal our Lady has maintained is that much (not all) music is rooted in singing. Essential musical values – maintaining a well sustained line, presenting emotion and spirit, varying color and dynamic – all these are epitomized in artistic and healthy vocal production. So she decided many years ago to start vocalizing. All of her composition is rooted in this daily commitment to healthy vocal production. Her whole compositional output is a function of this singing that she brings out from inside her.
Besides the intended nurturing of her compositional work through this commitment to singing, she has broadened her speaking range, and consequently her capacity for expression in spoken communication – projection, dramatic highs and lows, whispers and booms. This increased physical capacity for speech created an unexpected self-confidence, self-esteem – a willingness to take the risk of showing people who she really is. Our Girl found her voice – literally and figuratively.
When we feel frustration about the pace of our creative work, about the pace of public recognition of our work, financial reward for our efforts, it may be helpful to identify, to enumerate, to value the range of less tangible rewards that have grown naturally from our efforts, rewards which we are already enjoying.