If I was to be a song I would like to be a song crafted by the hand of Nick Cave* – rich with melancholic overtones, resplendent in aching beauty and emotionally real in a way that resonates with the heart and the soul.
He is an artist who never fails to get under my skin, weave his way right to my core, and commune with the very essence of who I am. With word and with melody he is a master craftsman capable of building the most wondrous of things.
I hold in the highest regard all those that build something real in this world; those who create something unique that no other person can ever hope to imitate. What we make does not have to rival the highest mountain or outshine the greatest works of art held in museums, it is simply something of ourselves that touches against the world. Whether that is a song, a novel, a house, a bridge or a pancake – the detail of what we construct is not important. Without even intending to, our creations will always be unique regardless of the scale on which we are working.
For all those that take care to craft with thought and consideration, please accept this simple gift of praise and admiration. In appreciation of your efforts I present here something crafted of my own hand, something beyond these words. Something which required my hands to learn a new language and work in unison towards a common goal. Something that no one else could craft in quite the same way. Nothing special I know, just a simple knitted scarf as worn by Lee… and yet without me this scarf would not exist.
We are all artists at some point within our lives without us necessarily being aware of it. Perhaps we don’t win Oscars, perhaps our designs don’t appear on the catwalks of Paris, and perhaps we haven’t been awarded the Man Booker prize for fiction. In fact what we craft may only be seen by one person or shared with a select few. Whatever the size of our receiving audience, our efforts should still be recognised.
We marvel at great architecture, gaze in disbelief at the immensity of natural wonders and stand awe-struck by other people’s artistry. We live amongst these beauties of the world, showing them due respect. However we should never forget that we are ourselves creators capable of many great things.
*PS. Happy times indeed in the world of QuietPaws!! This week I discovered that Nick Cave is returning to Australia for a National tour. I think you can guess who will be amongst the audience.