·Dedicated in memory of Randy Wilson·
A few short days ago my home experienced a terrible loss. Working through emotions amidst tragedy, I was brought back to a passage I read in The Return of the King, specifically from the edition’s preface.
In Peter S. Beagle‘s description of J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Ring series), I felt impacted in the way he illustrated the role of an artist. “He is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fancies, but he never invented them either: he found them a place to live” (Beagle).
This is a notion that the true masterpiece behind an artist’s work is in what he pulls out of others. Words on a page or actors on a stage evoke a rawness already living inside us, and give our emotions a safe place to harbor. A chance to connect. Experiencing art grants us “a green alternative to each day’s madness here in a poisoned world,” one that liberates our senses to somehow make sense of it all (Beagle).
He then goes on to say that “we are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discovers-thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses” (Beagle). We elevate those who conquer the outside world to claim for their own, and forget the true heroes in our lives. The ones who helped us discover a little more of who we are and what we want to become. The people who changed our world starting from the inside out.
“Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams” (Beagle).
We owe it to ourselves to recognize what makes us who we are. It is the job of an artist to pave way from the deepest parts of our soul to further our connection with the outside world. Although it may just be one, there is no limit to the impact they can have. We must appreciate art because of what it is and who it comes from, but recognize its real value is in what it draws from within.
Thank you Randy Wilson for giving us all a place, a seat, and a chance in your theatre. Your legacy will never be forgotten. Lives you touched are scattered over the world, doing incredible things, because you gave us the wings to fly by first bringing us home. Sleep well dear friend, we’ll see you in our dreams.
How has Randy Wilson or another artist impacted your life? I am in awe of the life we can discover through art; let’s connect.
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