Why do we need Art?
Why do we need it for a time such as this?
A few obvious answers come to mind:
- It is a creative outlet that channels energy productively.
- Art is a higher expression that brings us closer to our essence.
- It uplifts us and inspires us.
But the best reason I’ve ever heard comes from a rather unlikely source of me: Bono, the lead singer of the band U2.
“Why do we need Art? Why do we need the lyrical poetry of sounds?
The only way we could approach God is if we’re honest through metaphor and through symbols. Art then becomes essential not decorative” Bono
Last night I found myself on an emergency call, praying along with over 80 people to intercede for a young man in critical care fighting for his life as a result of the virus.
It was war.
The electric feeling was akin to the opening sequence of Braveheart where the warriors set out with horses, loud sounds and burnished swords to fight the enemy.
Although in our case today the enemy is invisible.
I think in the light of this pandemic, we’ve all had to examine our hearts to uncomfortably come to terms with our false notion of control
Because there seem to be no easy answers…Our sense of security is out the window.
So we look up. We seek higher ground. We seek solutions from above.
And we approach the higher realm we best do so with metaphor, symbols and the secret language of our cries, utterances and murmurs.
Here are 3 things of the symbolic and metaphorical kind that have helped me during this crisis.
- I’ve been doing a lot of reciting of Psalm 91, the prayer of protection.
- To help me fall asleep in these chaotic times, listening to Heaven’s Melody has been essential.
If you follow the link you will be taken to over 3.5 hours of prayer and sound that has been helping countless people during this crisis. (Incidentally, the 741 hz, is a sound that is beneficial in dealing with infections and viruses.)
- Another activity that has been helping me navigate these choppy waters has been sharing the piano, through playing and teaching online.
I’d like to invite you to a special “Harmonies of Love” piano recital where I will be sharing inspiration in the music and message of Chopin, Bach, Schumann and others.
These geniuses left behind a road map of how to navigate the troubled waters of life while all the while keeping our eyes focused above.
Their enlightened symbols and metaphorical language gives us hope.
I hope you will be inspired, uplifted and calmed in the sounds of this music.
Wednesday, April 1 at 7 pm on my page (Margaret Wacyk) on Facebook Live.
Stay well, peaceful and tuned up. We will get through this!
I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1