The Passions of An Artist – 101

This is a lesson for all the talented people out there regardless of your chosen field of creativity, so I politely ask you to pay attention.

I have selected 3 youtube musical videos to best illustrate my point which is – Understanding the true depth of the (your) Passions of an Artist! For whatever you think you are or are not, first and foremost you are an artist and so you feel things deeply.

In each of the following videos (by the way if I lose one or more of the videos – they get snatched off this post – I’ve included a link for you to click on. Do so, this is worth your time – trust me!) each artist performing, displays on his face most clearly the love/passion for what he is doing. It is up close, personal and to me very moving!) This is what hovers inside each one of you, just waiting to be set free, so listen, view and learn!

The first selection is English Singer/Artist Roger Whittaker. He was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya where he acquired a skill in whistling, He is now a world famous singer. Here he is whistling. Watch his face as he controls his talent and delights the audience. He is loving what he is doing!

My second selection is the Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti. He is considered one of the best (Yes I did attend a concert of his. Front row!). He sings Nessum Dorma (Puccini). His singing is masterful but if time is a factor have your cursor move into about 2 minutes of the video. What is important is his face. Watch it at the end. After he stops singing. Watch the emotions when he realizes he’s done what he set out to do! Awesome.

This final selection is of the country/western guitar player Chet Atkins (one of the best guitar players ever) performing “Zorba The Greek”. Again sadly if time is an issue move the video to the middle and then watch his face as he openly “makes love” to his guitar (the expressions on his face are priceless) and then at the end when he realizes he’s done exactly what he wanted to do.

The only thing these highly diverse men from three different parts of the planet have in common (apart from being uncommonly talented) is a passion/love of what they are doing. It is this passion that sets them apart from others. A passion that is in each of you!

Being An Artist, Lesson 101 – Be true to your passions, they are in there waiting for you to set them free!

Thank you for stopping by, may your days and nights be filled with passion, Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

30 thoughts on “The Passions of An Artist – 101

  1. Wow.. this was so interesting — your posts always are! Magic does happen when one follows his/her bliss. These 3 separate videos prove it. Just amazing to watch the expressions on their faces as they are in their unique respective “zones”!!! Great Great one Penny dearest! 🙂 xxooo Much LOVE!

    • Thanks, when I watch other people sincerely into that creative moment of bliss, I could cry really, I am just so happy for them and those who are allowed to witness the creation. Thank you, How are things going my friend? All my love to you, Penny xox

      • Penny i cry from the serious American Idol performances …. do you??

        Lots of confusion and turbulence here… will have to fill you in at some point – but still in midst of opinions and assessment of risks… etc. Pain has been hell up till today -which was for no understandable reason improved some… I’ll take it!! Thank you sweet friend for caring ~xxooo

  2. A nice eclectic mix. Sometimes it is easy to forgot the artist and just go with what they produce. Once again i am glad you are here to keep me from not just looking but observing.

    • You wrote in one of your posts that you really enjoyed observing others. You didn’t put it that way, you said it with more flavor and style, however I find this to be true for me as well!

  3. I never thought to look for the things you mention. That is what you do for us………make us think and expand. 🙂

    And………(and I say this in a good way…) sometimes you make us/me feel a bit uncomfortable because we are challenged to look more deeply at ourselves than before. lol

    • Thank you Meme. I do not wish you to feel uncomfortable, at the same time I seriously believe as long as a person does expand their boundarys of what they know and who they are – they keep growing inside as human beings. Yours is a very nice compliment and I do thank and appreciate you very much, Penny xx

  4. I have seen Puccini’s Turandot, although not with Pavarotti, and Nessun Dorma is possibly my favourite piece of music in any genre.
    This version is just magnifico.

    You say: ‘Be true to your passions, they are in there waiting for you to set them free!’
    I feel there may be more truth in that than most of us realise.
    Thank you.

  5. Three amazing videos there Penny. The whistler … WOW! I can’t whistle for ten seconds let alone how much he does. To hold some of those notes as well, is unnatural lol

    Pavarotti – He is a very rare talent. It was a huge loss when he went. Someone with his lungs was – again – unnatural.

    Zorba the Greek – I used to listen to that on an LP that I used to have as a kid. I used to bounce around to it a lot.

    Brilliant post again my friend

    • Thank you Stefan. I think I’ve always looked for the emotions on other peoples faces, more so with talented people. It is very interesting to me! A part of how I view life I think. Thank you again for your lovely compliments my friend. Penny

    • Thank you so much Tahani. I find that all people are so full of emotions that it’s hard for me not to notice them, especially when they are very talented and let some of those emotions show themselves. This is a good thing I think, my friend. Sending warm wishes your way! Penny

  6. I have not heard Roger Whittaker’s whistling, he is incredible! Thank you for mentioning passion instead of other elements. Hope you are having a nice week!

    • Hi Amy, I almost feel as if I’m on a mission of some kind to help people connect more with themselves. I didn’t set out for it to be that way though. Yes isn’t the whistling wonderful, I could listen again and again to it. I am having a very nice week and I hope you are also my friend!

  7. What a wonderful post. Roger Whittaker has been many a year since I have listened I have a few of his 33 1/3’s. Pavarotti what beauty and grace in his voice truly a blessing to listen and see him realize “goal achieved”. chet well he was an old friend from a past life, never went to a performance but many studio hours listening as he laid them down. thank you for sharing!

  8. A great point of view! we all know these three masters-of-their-form but we have not really analyzed them the way you do. (I remember that expression very well on Pavarotti…). Too bad that only Whittaker is still with us. However, thanks to technology they can still teach and inform.

    • It does seem to be moving faster and faster as we all struggle to stay up with it (technology) but I agree it does help with keeping our memories of those gone and how special they each were.

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