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"The Importance of Art"

Posted on 28th August 2023

For my first post, I'd like to share something that I was taught by my now former English teacher Mr Adam Simmonds, which I only started to appreciate during my final few lessons studying with him.

On our last lesson together, it was something he said which really set me in the right direction, and I'll never forget these final words of wisdom.

"Whatever anyone will tell you, what I'm about to tell you is so important; the true way to measure a society is by its treatment – its attitude towards its art. And most art doesn't impact a lot of people – and that's fine – that doesn't matter. Every piece of art, or work of literature, or piece of music that you create will have an impact. It'll raise a question, or state an idea. And this is – I can't stress enough how important that is, to us as humans. That's why what you – all you people do as musicians – like all artists – is so important."

If nothing else, I've learned one thing from that – one thing in my life can be certain – whatever the future brings for me, and whatever I study, work for, or whoever I stay friends with; I'll never give up my art. My music is my expression, and nothing – no force in the world – can block me from that asset.