I recently watched the movie School of Rock. I know what you’re thinking – it took me long enough. For those of you who, like me, have fallen behind with your movie viewing, here is a brief synopsis. Jack Black, a musician, poses as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school. He discovers that the children are taught music, but they’re learning outdated tunes to which they cannot relate. He then decides to devote his class time to teaching the children to play rock and preparing them to compete at a local battle of the bands.
I love the message of the film – that creative expression should be authentic. So often, when it comes to creativity, we strive to create works that will please others. Works that will be commercially successful or pieces that we hope will make us appear to be profound.
But of course, that defeats the purpose of creative expression. Music, poetry, literature, art, music, dance, film, theater, photography – they are all intended to be windows into the soul. If we create art for some other purpose, it is empty and meaningless. Art is influential because it speaks to the human experience in an authentic way. Without that authenticity, art loses its power.