Wands of Conductors, Artists, Poets
Peter Y. Chou
Preface: This was originally in "Chapter 8 with Magic Wands in Fairy Tales".
However, decided to give it more credibility in a separate Chapter 9. While
Fairy Tales are fiction and folklore, Music, Paintings, and Poetry are real
artistic works that impact our daily lives.
In A Vision of the Last Judgment
(1810), William Blake writes
"Poetry Painting & Music: the three Powers in Man of conversing
with Paradise which the flood did not sweep away."
This is echoed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Essays (1841)
"no man ever forgot the visitations of that power to his heart
and brain, which created all things anew; which was the dawn in him
of music, poetry, and art"
(Quote on Power).
May 4, 2020 issue of Mercury News
reports "Coronavirus: Menlo Park art gallery opens in defiance of shelter-in-place order".
Artist Katharina Powers
argues that art is essential like food.
Menlo Park Police Department commander tells owner reopening is "ridiculous".
Emailed Katharina that Blake and Emerson are on her side,
that her action is honorable and heroic.
After sending "Poetry Painting Music",|
she wrote "you are so nice, thank you very much. A good poem is all I needed just now." Such is the power of art in life.