Sunday, 5 July 2015

Writing - Artistic taste and Sgt Pepper

Inspiration comes in a variety of forms and is inextricably linked to your personality, whatever form that takes. This is one reason, and it may be the main cause, why some of your writings resonate with others and some don't.

Writing stories is rather like humour, it is a matter of personal taste and is probably the reason comedians come and go. Similarly stories are loved by some and hated by others but if a writer is lucky a story may be loved by many.

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The Sgt Pepper LP has echoes of the sixties for me. In some ways it epitomises the 'flower power' era of free love, pop concerts and the like. It also provides a selection of music that stretches the boundaries of the mind which some regarded at the time as weird, drug induced and dream-like. In fact I prefer to consider it as a collection of examples of imaginative writing that explore the boundaries of the mind.
Tracks such as 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', 'Fixing a Hole' and 'Being for the benefit of Mr Kite' are weird and wonderful. In fact it was rumoured to have been written under the influence of the drug LSD. The lyrics are expressive, picturesque and poetic,

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
with tangerine trees and marmalade skies,
Somebody calls you you answer quite slowly
a girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

I find the above beautifully descriptive, then there is 'Fixing a Hole' which seems to be a cry against the limiting of imagination and it is coupled with musical diversions,

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in 
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go

Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite is another song that begins in a fairly normal musical pattern then drifts into a more ethereal mode.

For the benefit of Mr Kite there will be a show tonight on trampoline,
The Hendersons will all be there late of Pablo Fanques fair
what a scene;
over men and horses, hoops and garters lastly through a hogs head
of real fire.
In this way Mr K will challenge the world.

Finally, 'A Day in the Life' which combines at least three musical excursions coupled with great leaps from the trite to dream inspiring lyrics, cleverly supported by the changes in musical style.

I heard the news today, oh boy!
Four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire.
And though the holes were rather small,
they had to count them all.
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

This album is probably one of the most famous across the world but it is also timeless as many artistic creations were from that era of history. I feel privileged to have lived during that time, but you don't realise how significant an era is until you can view it from a historical perspective. The legacy of the arts puts flesh on the bones of history.

God Bless