Iconic Series: Song-“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot



As a writer, I am also a lover of music and movies.  I will run an Iconic Series featuring various musicians/songs/films that I love, and which ones I deemed as being iconic of the times.  To start off I like to focus on the 1970s and one of the most iconic songs of that decade has to be “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

It’s a legendary and tragic tale, second most known of all shipwrecks behind the Titanic.  “The Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan.” (Reference taken from the Shipwreck Museum website)    Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian singer, wrote and performed this ballad which created an even more (world-wide) interest in this iconic ship.



Artist: What is it?

justartWhen I post my latest poll on whether or not writers perceive actors as “artists,” I received some interesting results.  The majority of those who responded chose “Depends” or “Other.”   Unfortunately those who chose the “Other” option didn’t let me know exactly what this entails so…

Now that we’re on this topic…

What qualities does a true artist have?  What does one have to do in order to be labeled as an artist?   In the past, I’ve had conversations with individuals who believed that writers are not really artists; that they’re just that…writers.

O-okay…let’s get to the heart of this, shall we?

Art.  What is it?  According to Dictionary.com, art is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

We can agree that there is a lot of art out there lacking in quality, right?  I like to focus on the “expression” part.  How do people usually express themselves?  Through pictures, words, music, movements…you get the idea.   I’m thinking by this alone would include photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers and even actors as people creating “art” that could be perceived by others to be “beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

In other words, these are people using various mediums to express themselves.  Their purpose behind these expressions may or may not be readily evident to their audience, readers or listeners though; but, we can talk about that in another post 🙂

So, are writers and actors truly artists?   Given to what we talked about above, I say that answer is a yes.

Disagree?  I love to hear from you!