We the Myth-Makers

I’m sharing a little Joseph Campbell today, because when an artist’s going gets tough, the tough get to looking for inspiration. And Joseph Campbell is part of that for me, since he was a person who specifically acknowledged artists as the myth-makers of our world, those who hold up the mirror or window to eternity for all to have a look.  (Not clergy, mind you. Artists.) I look at a passage like this and wonder, can my work in music do anything like what he’s talking about?

It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words, beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.

It’s important to live life with the experience, and therefore the knowledge, of its mystery and of your own mystery. This gives life a new radiance, a new harmony, a new splendor. Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. (from The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers).

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