Art has the power to render sorrow beautiful, make loneliness a shared experience, and transform despair into hope...
The Transformative Power of Art
Topic: Creativity, Culture, & the Arts
Art has the power to render sorrow beautiful, make loneliness a shared experience, and transform despair into hope… Music, like all art, gives pain and our most wrenching emotions voice, language, and form, so that it can be recognized and shared. The magic of the high lonesome sound* is the magic of all art: the ability to both capture our pain and deliver us from it at the same time… The transformative power of art is in this sharing. Without connection or collective engagement, what we hear is simply a caged song of sorrow and despair; we find no liberation in it. It’s the sharing of art that whispers, “You’re not alone.”
Humanism, Arts and Sciences
Braving the Wilderness
Brown, Brené. Braving the Wilderness: the Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Thorndike Press, a Part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018, pp. 44-45 [Brené Brown. Braving the Wilderness].
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Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness
*High lonesome is a sound or type of music in the bluegrass tradition. Its roots go back to Bill Monroe, Roscoe Holcomb, and the bluegrass region of Kentucky.