Listening/looking/reading and Patience
As a result of thinking about Danse Manatee a bit earlier, I thought about the problem of patience and works of art and returning to the source. Now, maybe, maybe, one can take a look at a painting or sculpture and say "I don't like it." It's possible to do this with a film, too, I suppose (depending on the film) (uh, "depending on the street!" inappropriate pointless reference there that's only funny to me most likely). However, I wonder if the same should be said about music? Would I have given Danse a second chance if I didn't know who was behind it, if I didn't anticipate its eventual blossoming? I wonder. Yet I knew, or thought I knew, and so returned to it again and again, and it became something more each time. This makes me question all of my quick judgments on anything: how can I read a poem ONCE and declare it good or bad? For instance, I question my reading of, say, a longish literary work after a single reading and my judgement or enjoyment (or lack) thereof. Are things supposed to be enjoyed only once? Imagine listening to Person Pitch one time! Revolver one time! Hell, I don't know: Merriweather one time, The Lonesome Crowded West only once (I'm being revealing by my examples here I guess) any musical composition one time and one time only! And then never again! Nabokov said "All reading is rereading" but damn it there's no time! So I wonder: are literary works (or films or enter-your-choice-of-art-here) to be returned to again again--like albums? Damn it--this goes back to the "there's a shitload of great things out there ready to be discovered but only a finite lifetime to enjoy them" argument, which to me is a horrible prospect. So, I don't want to stick with things that will remain dross when precious things are out there awaiting my discovery. The main questions here, I suppose, are when should we have patience with works of art? When shouldn't we? When do you? When don't you?