chemical influence

i was once asked by a good friend,
"if something is created under a chemical influence
(assuming she was referring to either drugs or alcohol)
is it a legitimate piece of art?"

i recently came to the conclusion that it was. legitimate that is.
many people create art after a spiritual encounter, or perhaps an extraordinary dream.
these experiences often have the same effect on a person as substance abuse might.
watching a short documentary on this subject (provided by
MuchMoreMusic) reassured me.
drugs are not something that make a person more creative.
//in the sense that they, in themselves, can not find creativity in thin air.//
they simply influence your mind in such a way that you are taken to an elated place where you think of things you might not otherwise think of in a conscious state.
so in this sense, drugs themselves are not creating any kind of thought.
they are simply stirring creativity.

...and you've got to be kidding me if you can't call Radiohead a legitimate band. who else could come up with such haunting and unexplainable images if they were completely drug free?


Blogger the tapered pant said...

fair enough and good point. But here's the thing: i find it difficult to muster up the same respect for a startling piece of artwork created by a coherent someone; created by the (generally) emotional analysis of themselves or a situation or whatever, as someone who's created something under the influence.

But i mean, let's face it, We've alll read poetry by a pot-head and i gotta say, not that impressive.

Sorry, kind of an incoherent quote...could be the christmas

May 31, 2005 8:33 p.m.  
Blogger the tapered pant said...

kid i'm going to need some new thought from you in order to survive. Not even kidding. Get 'er done.

June 12, 2005 10:16 p.m.  
Blogger the tapered pant said...

wouldn't you admire further the same haunting images put forth by a band you're well aware is very drug free? I think I would. I think you'd sort of have to, the same devestating atmosphere created, one from a chemical influence and one from the very depths of someone's imagination...iiiiii don't know.

June 27, 2005 7:07 a.m.  

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