A tale I heard
Poet, playwright, rapper Kae Tempest on whether we can all be fulfilled by creative expression:
"I don't know. I’m pretty sure that the, like, professionalisation of the artist has taken us away from this idea that everybody can hang out together and play music – you don’t have to be Mozart to be able to enjoy the feeling that you get from just playing the guitar. Everyone’s so rigid and, like, ‘Oh no, I can’t sing! I can’t sing, I’m sorry!’ – whereas a few hundred years ago we had folk traditions in England, you know, we would hang out and sing each other songs, it would not be a problem. So, without wanting to sound too kind of, like, outreachy about it, yeah, I do think everybody needs creative expression. I think it’s extremely important. It’s so fucking important, because otherwise you’re just stuck in the real world, which isn’t actually the real world. In fact, the only way I can deal with this reality is through entering into somebody’s created reality. Listening to an album, watching a movie, sitting in the dark and watching a play or something brings me closer in to this world in a way that I can deal with, you know?."