I am feeling underfed.
Not nutritionally. I eat very well.
I am also spiritually full. Prayed up. Tuned in. In synch.
And I am feeling underfed.
Artistically. Creatively. I write a blog called Radical Expression and I can scarcely put two sentences together.
I feel as if I am trying to pour from an empty pitcher.
It has been nearly a year since I have experienced live theatre, dance, symphony, opera, or even art. Watching said on a screen for me just does not cut it. I need the physical proximity. The direct connection. The energy of an audience partaking and communing together. Art meeting hearts and hearts actively appreciating the art.
I have read a number of great books during the past year. I have watched video presentations and have partaken of podcasts galore. I have listened to recorded music and Zoomed several artistic offerings. I enjoyed, and yet I did not feel fully fed.
I miss the stages, the halls, the galleries, the temples of the arts filled with gifted performers joyfully giving their gifts.
Though this may seem to be only a lament, it is really an homage.
It is an homage to the countless gifted performers and artists that have fed me over the decades. You are part of what I do more than perhaps I realized. You feed me and then I have the energy and added inspiration to then feed others.
You are my muses.
So, I am currently feeling underfed. I long for the live communion of artist and audience. I crave the dimming of the lights and the rising of the curtain. The rush of the artistry and the roar of the response. I miss it. I long for it. I need it.
To each of you that I have thrilled to your talent, thank you. Thank you for impressing my senses and for moving my internal experience. I miss you. And I cannot fathom how hard it is for you to not grace the platforms for your artistry.
I am sure you too are underfed.
I know you will return.
Please know I will be there.