On the subject of that “White Reflection” video. It occurred to me that, for some odd reason, I feel a kinship with
I think it’s because of the nature of the video. In it,
I feel like I’ve shared that experience with them, like I know what they’ve been through. Which, on the face of it, is silly; the actual members of the band never saw a glowing ball of light, and they never followed it across the U.S. I know this, intellectually. But I still feel like I’ve been given a glimpse into an experience.
The lesson? In art, we’re often told to “give of ourselves.” We tend to interpret this in an extreme, that we should impart some deep, painful part of our soul. I think the “White Reflection” video shows that this doesn’t need to be the case. One can affect people strongly by providing them with a personal experience, even if that experience is not deeply personal.