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and now a word from Laurie Anderson...


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Doc Al:

Because there will be a dashboard light.


ā€œSkill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.ā€ - Tom Stoppard


Just another way of saying "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

But people back then were stupid and uneducated and didn't know what they were talking about.

John Cox:

I always that Laurie Anderson (whom I admire) and her performance art ilk were onto something truly remarkable: mixing media to create new forms of expression. Granted, most of the results are mystifying, but I've never failed to be inspired by the inventiveness of even the most opaque performance.


Hey John,

Ya all you right-sided brain people know what lies beneath and can admire it. Us left-side guys just have to look and wonder sometimes. Then admire!

Dr. Bob:

Have to say, that I had no idea who she was or what she's known for.

Had she been born 75 years earlier, she very easily could have been the inventor of the kazoo.

John Cox:

Hey Cowboy

You seem to be suffering from a very common misconception that creative sorts are cut form a different cloth. Human beings are NATURALLY CREATIVE all the time. Some of us spend our lives training our brains to deny the importance of sky-blue thinking and purely believe and act on a "rational" "scientific evidence" approach that is actually UNNATURAL and must be beat into us.

Human beings are first and foremost CREATIVE and bloom when not fettered with suffocating FORMULA.

I'm trying to suggest you and I are not so different; we're set to different priorities, that's all.


I had never heard of her. Just finished watching parts of a number of YouTube vids.

To me, to be creative is to give meaning. Meaning need not be formulaic, but it is by nature systematic.

We each like what we like...

... & that's all I have to say about that.


I used to play her stuff when I was on WKDU in college. Odd, but brilliant. One of the most clever bits was she took a violin, replaced the strings with a magnetic tape head and replaced the bow with a strip of reel-to-reel tape with a phrase recorded on it. Through the course of the song she played more and more of the phrase by drawing it across the playback head.

Brilliant idea, although the phrase was surreal, which wasn't revealed until the end of the song. "I dreamed I had to take a test... in a Dairy Queen... on another planet."


Hey John:

All I know is that the best I can draw is stick people, clouds, and square houses with windows.. LOL. I do admire artistic people for this reason.

John Cox:

Hey cowboy

Those are just skills, easily taught. Having something compelling to say WITH those skills, ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

You've exhibited as much creative energy in a well-thought comment as can be found in your drawing. The CREATIVE IMPULSE is already built in.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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