REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09) My wife and I are currently in India for a few weeks attending the wedding of my dear friend Mukul. Weddings in India are a HUGE event and this particular celebration will see nearly 800 people in attendance. That big of an audience requires weeks of planning, scheduling, organizing, coordinating and rehearsing. Eventually, all the preparations will lead up to “Showtime” when Mukul will enter the stage on a white horse waving a sword, wow the audience by reciting a litany of ancient marriage vows and claim his wife as his very own. Then finally, after all the curry and naan bread has been devoured, and the lights go out on the dance floor, all 800 guests will return to their homes and villages, and Mukul and his beautiful bride Neha will embark on a romantic honeymoon in Paris. A beautiful love story indeed.However, while the prep is very similar, the artist's love story is much different. After weeks of planning, scheduling, organizing, coordinating and rehearsing, eventually it will all lead up to “Showtime” when the artist will take the stage and wow the crowd with her unique form of creative expression. After that, the lights will go down, the doors will close and the audience will return to their homes and villages. However, as opposed to enjoying a lovely honeymoon, the artist will be left alone, to begin the process all over again.    The true artist never stops. When the audience has finally gone home and is sound asleep, the mind of the artist is still awake, creating, imagining and dreaming an impossible dream. The only real honeymoon for the artist is to just keep working, keep growing, keep learning and keep improving her art—in preparation for the next “Showtime.” A beautiful honeymoon indeed. Care to comment?
J Michael Dolan

REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)

My wife and I are currently in India for a few weeks attending the wedding of my dear friend Mukul. Weddings in India are a HUGE event and this particular celebration will see nearly 800 people in attendance. That big of an audience requires weeks of planning, scheduling, organizing, coordinating and rehearsing. Eventually, all the preparations will lead up to “Showtime” when Mukul will enter the stage on a white horse waving a sword, wow the audience by reciting a litany of ancient marriage vows and claim his wife as his very own. Then finally, after all the curry and naan bread has been devoured, and the lights go out on the dance floor, all 800 guests will return to their homes and villages, and Mukul and his beautiful bride Neha will embark on a romantic honeymoon in Paris. A beautiful love story indeed.

However, while the prep is very similar, the artist's love story is much different. After weeks of planning, scheduling, organizing, coordinating and rehearsing, eventually it will all lead up to “Showtime” when the artist will take the stage and wow the crowd with her unique form of creative expression. After that, the lights will go down, the doors will close and the audience will return to their homes and villages. However, as opposed to enjoying a lovely honeymoon, the artist will be left alone, to begin the process all over again.
   
The true artist never stops. When the audience has finally gone home and is sound asleep, the mind of the artist is still awake, creating, imagining and dreaming an impossible dream. The only real honeymoon for the artist is to just keep working, keep growing, keep learning and keep improving her art—in preparation for the next “Showtime.” A beautiful honeymoon indeed.

Care to comment?


COMMENTS


Posted By Mary Godfrey
Creativity
Inspiring words! The true artist never does sleep, and there is so much behind the scenes that are not seen.Years ago my friend Tina had created a sculpture that won awards. She created the piece during a period of time when she was caring for her ill father. She shared with me that instead of holding her emotions around the experience, she channeled her emotions into creativity. She had also shared that most people would not care to know what triggered the art, or what was entailed. I believe that is true for the most part, maybe excluding artists like me who might see the value in how art is used as a means of dealing with life. I thank God for art. And music. It never stops for me, and has been a life savor, getting me through some very serious situations.


Posted By Debbie De Steno
Honeymoon
Well said. Thank you for your insight fullness, it is appreciated.


Posted By Stani Steinbock
Honeymoon Sunset
Well, that's why I wrote this song Honeymoon Sunset. It's on my CD "The Runaway Kantele" - new music for the Finnish national instrument, the 5-string kantele. Still waiting for my own wedding after 39 1/2 years of being happy together...


Posted By Rachel
Honey...are you home??
Wow...suddenly I feel so lonely?....


Posted By Dianna
Boring!
Just a romantic idea. Real artist are not like that J.


Posted By David Longoria
Honeymoon In Paris
Beautiful analogy! The ultimate wedding ceremony is to the bridal families, the fulfillment of years of imagining, planning and creating. The ecstasy of the event's final arrival validates all the efforts and vision of the participants. When the artist sees her vision through to release, all the passion of the art meets the reality of her vision expressed. The euphoria an artist feels about finally reaching that finish line can be an emotional honeymoon. Please pass the croissants.


Posted By Ryan
LESSON
Never give up on the dream!


Posted By Maggie
like a wedding
JMD, yes,with the union of the bride, who is Spirit, and the groom, who is creativity, the combination expresses the perfect piece of art, music, writing,etc. When each surrenders to the other,the result is optimally ego-free.We can then humbly thank God for flowing through us to create over and over, from that deep place inside of us where God dwells as "deep calls to deep."


Posted By Rami
honeymoon
I wouldn't trade my creative life for a trip to anywhere! When I walk off the stage and the audience goes home, that's when the real work begins for me. That's when I review my entire performance plus the audience reaction and look for ways to improve it. I make notes on the way home from every gig so they're fresh and I look them over the next time I play out. It's the best honeymoon in the world for me! thanks Michael for always reminding me who I really am...an artist!

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