Friday Debate: Can We Separate the Artist From the Art?

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Quote of the Day – January 19, 2018

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

― Neil Gaiman

Quote of the Day – January 16, 2018

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekly Tea Discussion: Why Are People Afraid of the Arts?


Two days ago, President Trump announced a proposal budget that would cut funding to arts and education programs. This would propel the elimination of four independent cultural agencies – the National Endowment for Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio such as PBS and NPR. While these and other vital organizations are forced with devastating proposed cuts, it didn’t stop the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs receive an increase in their funding.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Credit: Los Angeles Times

I have nothing against veterans. I strongly believe those who fight for our country should receive funding that will give them the support they need. But more money going towards basically war and violence is an atrocity and this is coming from a man who most likely wouldn’t know a piece of art or an open book if it was literally right in front of him. Unfortunately, this was bound to happen here in America. We as a country place anything ahead of the value if the arts and education. The arts always plays last fiddle to anything, whether it is technology, politics, or security. Which leads me to ask the question: why are people so afraid of the arts?

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Day 10: Shuffle Play

Wow! I made it to day 10! I’m really enjoying these challenges. It’s really bringing out my creative and opinionated side. Well, here we go. Here are the ten songs I played on shuffle on media player and like I said before, I like a variety of music:

  1. This How We Roll (Feat. Luke Bryan)-Florida Georgia Line

2.    Shake up the Party-Joy Enriquez

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Day 6: Mainstreaming Music


My views on mainstream music are followed by just one statement: listen to what you like.Some are good, some are bad. But music, like art, have always been opinionated.

My personal taste in music would appear odd to most people. I’m black but the only R&B/Soul music I listen to is the classic ones. If something sounds good to me I’ll listen to it. But mostly, I’ll listen to country (my cousin teases me about this all the time) and pop music. If I had to list my favorite artists, it would be Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Antebellum.

I don’t think anyone really has opinions on mainstream music. With the internet, people can listen to whatever they want. Music is accessible now. But like Lizzy@lizzyreadsbooks says there are more important things to get worked up over.

This Day 6 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.