there is a long background story to this...but I only have time to share my experimental conclusions
- learning to play an instrument is one of a short list of things in life that is all upside, no downside
- watch Harold and Maude - the film
- well...just don't try to make a living from it, without a strong plan B (one effective approach is to just keep your day job, and pursue your Art as your primary leisure activity...the exception would be the few individuals who are "crazy talented" and it is obvious to everyone)
- indeed, these sorts of choices, open up new worlds, new friends, new influences
- while music has a stabilizing influence on emotions, painting has a destabilizing influence...perhaps it is the isolation of the painter. Professional dance is a march toward an abyss.
- doing art, sing, compose, paint, dance, sculpt... is a very different thing (more helpful) than being an art hanger-on (less helpful), art student, or an art administrator/dealer
- the art scene at the professional levels tends toward egos on steroids (Ugly Betty is somewhat true)
- art is most potent when you are detached from any material payback from it
- art is a near-meditation, and possibly a substitute
- Art connects you to NPMR, and once the connection is established, with a clear signal, you integrate art into your work, your personal aethetics, house decor, and formal Art becomes less interesting
Does this PMR make my butt look big?