ali wrote:Its been 3 days now since Rathers posted on the Marine Gardens thread. Is it time to send out a search party yet?
rathbone wrote:Bob Jefferson wrote:
Keep up the good work - your efforts are much appreciated.
Sorry.... I can't hear you for the very loud music.........
rathbone wrote:On 7 September two band competitions were held under the auspices of the Scottish Amateur Band Association. These were the eighteenth annual championship competition open to second section bands and the eighth annual competition open to third section bands which are affiliated with the Association. Test pieces were set for each section, namely Madame Butterfly for the second class bands and Beethoven’s Macbeth for the third class bands. There was a large muster of bandsmen.
rathbone wrote:The chief attraction during July was balloon ascents and parachute descents. Four members of the accomplished Spencer family of aeronauts had come from Hendon, bringing with them two large balloons, one used for captive ascensions with passengers who desired a bird’s eye view of the district from the altitude of 1000 feet and the other in connection with Miss Spencer’s daring parachute drops.
Each evening before a large group of spectators Miss Spencer made a flight from the sports arena to a great height and when over the waters of the Firth of Forth cast off in her parachute which came slowly and gracefully down. When she touched the water a quarter of a mile or so from the shore there was a considerable splash. Provided with a cork jacket, the lady floated till picked up by an attendant motor boat, while the released balloon, caught at a high altitude by a current of air from seaward, drifted across country to Niddrie before an automatic deflation device brought it to earth, to be safely retrieved by a party of assistants who had chased it in a motor car. Miss Spencer (who had been engaged in this daring profession for three years) returned with as little delay as possible to the Gardens and was heartily congratulated.
rathbone wrote:How is the current economic climate affecting your creative juices? There has been a lot of hand wringing in some art circles about Arts Council grants being cut because of the recession.
I was a reading a piece by Phil Poynter in Dazed and Confused where he said : “ Out of recession comes creativity. You’re pushed to find a way to present your ideas if there’s no financial support. People come together at those times and challenge each other, and that always turns into something.”
Fair enough, I will buy that as far as it goes, but I hope it wasn’t coming from some nostalgic view of bad times past. Nor will I accept the view that people only come together and challenge each other when times are bad. Creative collaboration goes on all the time. If a project’s worth its salt most people will get it to work some way, some how.
The vast majority of creative people are just like the rest of us. They struggle most of the time. Most artists, musicians and writers that I know are operating financially well below the national average wage. There are only a very few David Hockneys, Adele’s or J.K. Rawlings in this world. Being creative doesn’t recognise the norm. Inspiration doesn’t come along on a 9-5 programme, so artists’ work runs on its own timetable which isn’t conducive to making money. In my experience, and I’ve had lots, it’s a load of tosh to claim that trying to produce something to a deadline brings out the best in you and produces good work. It doesn’t. It leads to cut corners and compromise.
It’s also tosh to say that good art comes out of adversity. Some times it does but most times it doesn’t. For most people art is impossible without at least a degree of stability. You need the time to think and you don’t have that if all your effort is going into simply surviving.
Nor should we confuse the content with the source. The Boys From The Blackstuff didn’t come out of the dire economic conditions in Liverpool under Thatcher, it was inspired by them. It was created by people on comfortable BBC salaries. Good art comes out of good artists.
Art and money have always been closely connected, and there have probably been a few artists who have given up because their Arts Council grant has been stopped. But for most of them it won’t have mattered a jot. They never received subsidy in the first place.
Nor should we be deluded into thinking that the average man in the street gives a toss. Art rarely impinges on Britain’s Got Talent.
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