March 19, 2007

Transitional Art

I have a theory entitled: The Necessity of Transitional Art. And I would like feedback to see if it's making sense to anyone.

I think that transitional art is necessary to get to the really good stuff. Let's say you're a huge fan of the musical group, Wilco. You probably wouldn't have liked them when you were 7. Since you had never been exposed to anything like it before, it was strange and awkward, and therefore, unenjoyable to you. Back to Sesame Street sing-a-longs. But, then you hear the California Raisins, they lead you into MoTown, you start giving different radio dials a try. Matchbox 20, yeah, pretty catchy. That gets you into Ryan Adams. And then finally. You hear Wilco's album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. And you wonder where it's been your whole life.

I think the same transition takes place for everything.
Books: Nancy Drew - Lord of the Flies - Tolstoy.
Movies: Honey I Shrunk the Kids - The Sandlot - My Cousin Vinny - The Fugitive - The Godfather.

Food, clothing, knowledge, wisdom. It's all the same. Even though something may be great, it may take us a while to get there. So, instead of trying to argue that the Godfather is the best film of all time with someone who's not listening, let them borrow 'My Cousin Vinny' instead. They'll get there.


Anonymous said...

Hmmmm ... interesting thought. Do you have to kind of build yourself up, not just in order to get to the point where you pick up Tolstoy or watch The Godfather, but to get to the point where you can fully appreciate them? Not much else to add, other than 1) very interesting thought and 2) I now have a much greater appreciation for The Rocketeer.

Eric Olsen said...

i just started reading "Freakonomics" today, and I realized that this transitional theory definitely applies more to knowledge than I thought. Because I remember hearing about freakonomics a couple of years ago and hating the idea. But since I've read "The Tipping Point" and "Moneyball", my mind's finally ready for something like that.

Anonymous said...

I like the theory.. for me it literally went:
Sting - Aerosmith - Metallica - Marilyn Manson - Barenaked Ladies - Guster - They Might Be Giants.

Eric Olsen said...

your transition was entropic :)

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