Creating Authentic Art

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 He discovers that the children are taught music, but they’re learning outdated tunes to which they cannot relate.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.


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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

I love to write poetry, and crochet, make jewelry, learn new crafts, and paint. thanks for this

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan3 years ago

Music is awesome. Just starting back to playing the Elect. Guitar, Well trying anyway.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

express what is inside yourself don't try to copy anyone else come up with your own unique expression.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago

Thanks. I've just started painting and this is great advice for me to remember.

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett3 years ago

I write music, myself, and think you have a good message here. I kind of wonder about School of Rock, since when I think about it, the songs they are playing are something like forty years old now, and probably not something the majority of children would connect to, either (though I did... only some 25 years after they came out... so who knows). I do think it's important to write music from the heart (or to create any art authentically). Honestly, despite how much I have enjoyed the fruits of commercial music, I think we may have been better off when music was far more local, and something in which everyone (or nearly everyone) participated.

Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson3 years ago

Well said. Thanks for sharing the authenticity.

Arpad Fekete
Past Member 3 years ago

I cannot play instruments, and I don't think my voice is outstanding, but on Saturday I downloaded LMMS (Linux Multi Media Studio), and I hope I can write some authentic music (without knowing music theory well). However, I think it is probable that professionals can write good music which sounds more authentic than my attempts, even if my attempts are more authentic according to the meaning of the word.

Natalie Kulk
Natalie Kulk3 years ago

I love the guitar.