COTD #25 : The Dam part 5 02.12.2008Posted by poligraf in COTD.
Tags: absolutism, art, artists, become oneself, clip immersion, COTD, demo, introspection, lyrics, music, poligraf, prog, prog rock, progressive, reflection, rock, Wolfgang Welsch
In the storyline of “The Dam,” once the protagonist/narrator has recognized the obstacle and accepted the necessity of the conquest, he has to transform to become what he feels he must be.
The fifth part of the suite, “Immersion,” portrays the transformation. The word is intended to refer to both the introspective facet and the manifestation of this shifting process, entering oneself for reflection to get better perspective on the situation, and the qualitative change wherein one enters oneself, becomes oneself :
The lyrics are at the this-close-to-satisfactory status :
Standing back it’s all clear / Following the wrong stream
Everyday I’m dying / For fear of failing
Signs ignored and doors missed / The whole world misread
Always the same barrage / Self-inflicted damage
I must reconnect to / My source and my outlet
Carefully rebuilding / What has been lost drifting
Choosing a better boat / Today and hereafter
The ocean is calling / Myself I must enter
While googling to verify some English phrasing, I stumbled upon the following text, which expresses very well how I view my relationship with Poligraf and its music :
Artists often appear to be absolutists – absolutists of their artistic enterprise. Because they consider it the most important thing to be done – for themselves and in the art world in general. This absolutism often meets with criticism. But there is a reasonable point in it: The artist – the emphatic artist – is the only person in this world who is able to produce just the kind of things he produces. If he were not to do it, nobody would, and the world would remain poorer. A potentiality which can come into existence only through you – because you are the only person who is haunted by this vision and who has the potential to give birth to it – will be realized by you, or never. It constitutes your personal singularity, and you may also feel responsible for bringing about this objective potentiality which can come into existence only through you. It is either given birth by you – or will not exist at all. – Similar phenomena are to be found in other spheres too, in writing, science or philosophy. – Wolfgang Welsch, “Becoming oneself“