Jason Silva of Shots of Awe, in one of his videos talks about art out of pain.
Our yet-to-be-released original single, Jalam is influenced by a tragic incident that happened in India - the Andhra farmers’ suicide.
Pain or lack of peace of mind does help one make music. We made some good music after a long time last week as we were feeling a bit disturbed. We decided to channel our negative emotions towards making music. This made us analyze our past behavior and look at instances when we had created some great music. An interesting pattern emerged out of that activity - we had created some of our best poetry and music when we were feeling down.
This reminded us of the video in which an artist confesses as to how he feels guilty in using his wife’s death’s pain as an inspiration to create some of his best work.
This phenomenon of making art out of suffering has been mentioned by Annie Dillard in her book, ’The Writing Life’ as follows:
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