I have been writing about serendipity, and lately have gotten a bit lazy in my writing regimen. However, last night I serendipitously was watching “Under African Skies” the story of how Paul Simon enabled art to do what it can magically do under the right circumstances.
This was a PBS special which told of how Simon in an effort to reach for a breakthrough idea fused the magic of South African music and the music of the West. It culminated in the production of “Graceland,” an album which was transcendent in its nature. While accomplishing this musical miracle the law of unintended consequences reared its’ ugly head. He had failed to obtain the blessing of the ANC in their battle against apartheid. His comment was that he had not paid any attention to politics and he and his South African musicians were only interested in the magic of the artistry: in other words he was producing art for the sake of art not subjected to the control of politics and those who control politics. What happened? read more »