tonight I give my thanks to the invention of video recording,
specifically for the use of interviews.
for the use of people talking about themselves,
sharing themselves with their unknown viewers.
I feel especially thankful
because in the past couple days
I have watched 3 brilliant artists
even though we’ve never met.
And because they have shared themselves
their lives, as difficult as they may have been,
I feel a belonging. I belong here right now
in my body,
living my life,
because I am doing what they have done.
They lived life,
pursued their passions
and lived to share it,
I am living my life,
pursuing my passions
I am learning to share them.
The 3 brilliant artists I am referring to are:
Although I have read some Bukowski,
have heard of Johnston,
and have listened to and adored Simone for many years,
I have not known much about any of them,
nor have I heard them speak,
I had not seen their faces
with their mouths
speak with their voices
saying whatever it is that their minds
felt the need to form into words and sentences.
The following 3 films brought on this gratitude and my sense of belonging.
Bukowski: Born Into This (2003)
The Devil And Daniel Johnston (2005)
Nina Simone Live At Ronnie Scott’s (1985)
(after watching the following clip, watch the full video is here.)