Sure, you can learn a lot about a person through their art, but art is too cryptic to form a soulful relationship with. The most pleasurable part of enjoying an artist comes when they’re revealing themselves as they really are: a human being, not some sorta cerebral fairytale.
I loved John Lennon’s music, but I love John Lennon, the man, even more. He hooked me with his art, but reeled me in with his reality. So hearing interviews such as the one David Sheff had with John and Yoko in 1980 (two days before John was shot) represent the moments when I appreciate Lennon the most. Why? Because John is simply being John — not John “The Beatle” or John “The Activist” — It’s just him revealing the greatest work of art he ever created: His own life.
Deep down inside, whether you realize it or not, the person behind the poetry is what you love the most about those you admire. This is why I’m so proud to be doing what I’m doing — Because people will finally get the chance to experience, in an intimate environment, the inspired feelings an emotional bond with a seemingly superhuman individual can bring.