As a musician, I have always preferred music without words. Lyrics can be a diversion from really listening and at worse the excuse for pretty banal music.
Preferring ‘abstract’ music, it is perhaps no surprise that I should prefer ‘abstract’ art: art that explores the medium and elements themselves and that does not depend on figurative content to give it purpose. Titles are often designed to reinforce ambiguity rather than make anything certain.
Whilst music with words usually disappoints, I am interested in the ways that art forms can interrelate and share ideas. Forays into writing a large-scale children’s opera and music-directing several National Youth Music Theatre productions were highlights.
Linking music to visual art [painting and sculpture rather than film and animation] has always been a more elusive challenge, the one being sequential and dynamic, the other, concrete and static. This is my current area of investigation.