Stories, tales, myths and narratives that provide new perspectives and points of view. I love it. Really. It doesn’t matter if the texts categorises as fiction or fact, as long as I can relate to what is being told. I find that fiction and stories in the form of novels in many cases just as well as academic texts can contribute to important and interesting aspects of life. Because a novel can allow itself to involve aspects that cannot be proven – or even illuminated – scientifically, the potential for conveying meaning that corresponds with the experiences of a lived life surpasses that of the scientific text. But at its best, a scientific text can be just as captivating as text of fiction. At its best, both science and philosophy open eyes like nothing else.
There is little that can convey a message like music. A message wrapped in a melody and musical elements, enhances its potential for impact considerably. The musical element contributes something special to the text, and makes it, in a way, larger. There is times when I feel my whole life can be summed up in just a few songs, and these musical pieces contribute some kind of affiliation. There is something in music that has the potential of connecting in a more profound way, that is able bring about emotions that nothing else can. The music doesn’t even have to have lyrics, the soreness in a instrument like a guitar or a violin can – in the right setting – lure out moods that else are hidden hard.
Well, I’ve got a touch of formal education in both literature and music – both of course part of art in their own right – but when it comes to art as paintings or pictorial expressions I am one hundred percent novice. Still, this field of interest gives me a lot. And perhaps it is the lack of formal education that makes this field interesting to me. The lack of knowledge makes me able to let my associations take me in the direction of potentially totally irresponsible but still – for me – interesting interpretations. A text is excellent at conveying a history with a linear progression, but a picture gives us the opportunity for considering all the components more or less at the same time. For me, a picture invites to a more instantly holistic interpretation.