From Music and Words into Movement – The Fun of Art

5 Jul

Here’s an excerpt of a deftly written story by Mike Sager from the May 2012 Esquire. I wasn’t that interested at first, but after giving it a chance while streaming some music, I was knocked over by one of those transcendent moments that come about through experiencing real art. Or something like that.

“Ugly” by Mike Sager. This paragraph with the right music playing at the time was like watching a live-action portrayal of The Grapes of Wrath. So I noted the image with the Labelbox app for future use in this post. Click for full article at

The above paragraph is best experienced with music: Orsten – Adagio Sostenuto


I hear the broken piano and shuffling yet determined electric beat, and reading the story of this vagabond, seeking out other vagabonds, having the scene painted along the lines of something modern-day that would make sense to Tom Joad, it hits me at once.

And that’s why I read. That’s why I love music. That’s why I’ve made myself adept with an iPhone enough to capture the moment,then blog about it (typed most of this post in a note with my thumbs).

There’s beauty in being moved, expanding on the thought and then channeling that into something new altogether, even if it is just a pastiche of other art. Those pieces become the colors of a new palette. What’s important is that the idea gets sketched, moving from the brain into the living world, to be seen. It’s a very satisfying feeling.

Next time you have the thought when something moves you, “I could do something with that!” — make it happen. Make it real.

4 Responses to “From Music and Words into Movement – The Fun of Art”

  1. alex July 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Mike Sager is a true artist. A writer with that paints your imagination with his words.

    • rsmithing July 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      That is an excellent characterization. Revenge of The Donut Boys is even better than I’d hoped. Thanks for commenting!

  2. mike sager July 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    hey, thanks for that.

    • rsmithing July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

      Of course, and thanks so much for commenting, Mike! I just noticed your comment in the spam queue, so sorry for the delayed reply.

      Coincidentally, my copy of Revenge of The Donut Boys arrived today. I’m looking forward to getting into it.

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