Monday night, we saw the Icelandic group Sigur Rós at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Shaun scored front row seats in the pre-sale, so needless to say, we were in a prime position to witness the splendor. (Good job, Shaun.)
Within any art discipline (music, visual, theatre) there are tiers of effect & influence. The lower tiers are purely recreational and entertaining and as you climb the steps, the emotional, mental and spiritual investment increases for both the artist and the audience. The art on any tier can be enjoyable and successful, but the lasting and immediate effects will be very different. So, for example, on the lower tiers you might have “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit” (which is great, but I prefer “Chicken Run”) or “Sandlot” and towards the upper end you’ve got “Crash” or “The Passion of the Christ”. All are excellent, but they’ve each got very different purposes and impacts.
In Hinduism, this idea is described by the belief in seven chakras (pronounced chuckruhs) aligned vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head. From the bottom up, each chakra is increasingly more concerned with God and increasingly less concerned with matter. So you go from instinct, to emotion, to freedom to be oneself, to love and compassion, to self-expression, to intuition and finally to connection with the divine.
This is all to say that I can think of a band, painting or movie that connects me to each of these areas and the list associated with the seventh chakra, that highest place, is extremely short. Sigur Rós are on it.
Here are some pictures and video that Russ took at the show.