Appreciation of Artists

An Artist

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” –

Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Many times, people have the tendency to put artists on pedestals when, in actuality, they experience many of the same emotions and struggles as others. They laugh and cry. They face obstacles, such as anxiety, depression, and bullying. They have strengths and weaknesses. They have stress and sometimes insurmountable pressure. They are in the process of learning. They don’t know all things. So, what makes artists different? They choose to express themselves through their artistic creations. They are willing to share themselves through their art. They are willing to make a difference, even if it means facing more obstacles such as unreasonable expectations and demands. Yes, they are in the public eye, but this does not negate the fact that they are still human and capable of making mistakes. We must remember to appreciate and support our artists. We can learn from them and their creativity, but we should refrain from placing undue pressure on them. We live in a critical world in which people tend to judge one another when they should be edifying one another instead.

Qualities of Artists

Appreciative

Believable

Creative

Dedicated

Expressionate

Fan-oriented

Giving

Humble

Inspiring

Joyful

Kind

Loving

Motivating

Non-conforming

Optimistic

Perseverant

Quick to help

Respectful

Steadfast

Teaching

Understanding

Victorious

Willing

X-citing

Yearning

Zealous

Qualities of an Artist

“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.” – Sai Baba

Sacrifices of an Artist

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy

I’m onstage honored among the nominees
In the arenas shining like the brightest stars over the radiant seas
In the headline news mentioned for my victories
With the mayor, holding the city’s keys
But behind closed doors, do you see my fears and agonies
Do you taste the saltiness of my tears as I fall down to my knees

I’m a diamond tried and true
Sojourning through the black and blue
Many miles I have tread
So that your hungry souls could be fed
I face the darkest hours alone
Aches and wariness in every bone
Rising pressure seems more than I can bear
But not a peep can I declare
People view me for how I shine
But they don’t know the truths which underline

So you want to be a rock star
Champagne, fans, and the hottest car
But do you know what it really takes
Are you ready for the hard work, sweat, and heartaches
Are you ready to face sleepless nights
Filled with worries, fears, and frights
To deplete yourself of all you feel
To share who you are and keep it real
Are you ready for the critics to tear you to pieces
To break and to bend you, to fold you to creases

Suggested Songs

  • 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  • 50,000 – Sting
  • Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  • Change Places with Me – Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Eraser – Ed Sheeran
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • I Write the Songs – Barry Manilow
  • It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
  • Just Like You – Louis Tomlinson
  • Over Again – Mike Shinoda
  • Remembered – Karmin
  • Scars on this Guitar – Bon Jovi
  • Thank You for the Music – ABBA
  • The Show Must Go On – Queen
  • Torn And Frayed – The Rolling Stones
  • Without Those Songs – The Script
  • Young Forever – BTS

An Artist's Sacrifices

Being an artist may seem glamorous, but it is a lot of sacrifice and it can be overwhelming. We often take for granted the amount of involvement that is often expended into being successful: the miles, the journeys, the work, the long hours, the stress from hectic schedules, the sleepless nights, the struggles, the health effects of their lifestyles, the safety concerns, the financial impact, the gossip regarding their actions and appearances, the fear to trust, the loneliness, the thought process regarding how they will express themselves effectively, the time away from loved ones, the need to stay in touch with themselves and their emotions, the unrealistic expectations placed upon them, and the need to remain relevant in the constantly changing industry. Yet, there are numerous artists who are willing to make these sacrifices in order to express themselves, share their music and talents with the world, and make a lasting impact. In order to truly thank artists for their willingness to make a difference through their music, we must appreciate their devotion, loyalty, dedication, fan interaction, involvement, care, cultural contributions, sacrifices, stories and testimonies, and steadfastness. We must remind them that they are loved and that their efforts and incredible music have made them legendary.

On the other side of glorious
Are those who bore the scars;
Those who went through agony and pain
Before dancing amongst the stars;
Those who were told they were garbage and that their lives really didn’t matter;
Those whose spirits broke like glass – into many pieces, they did shatter.
On the other side of glorious
Are those who were scorned and mocked;
Those who never thought they belonged as they heard how others talked;
Those who felt alone and scared;
Those who felt like no one cared.
On the other side of glorious,
Isolation and desolation are often there.
On the other side of glorious
Are those who took a stand against the consuming fire;
Those who in the face of the challenges dared to climb higher;
Those who wouldn’t bow to the haters and the critics;
Those who stood tall despite the jagged rocks and sword shaped sticks.
It may seem like you are on the other side of glorious,
Like you are beaten, down-trodden, and, for your blemishes, notorious,
But, when the darkness hovers about,
When it seems you have no voice but you want to shout,
Hold your head high and take courage to stand strong
Because, inside of you, there’s a beautiful song
That needs to be heard, like an anthem of light.
It may appear far away, but victory is in sight
For those who will rise above the ashes that fall;
On the other side of glorious,
Rise to the call.