This is the perfect quote for me today because for me in great art, music, dance, there is always a tremendous joy, but in the greatness, not only the overwhelming passion, but a melancholy of sorts…Take Leonard Cohens song, “Hallelujah” sung by Alexandre Burke. I cannot listen to this song without not only singing it, but feeling such deep passion and an overwhelming sadness, melancholy, that my spirit soars… There are times in my life where the passion is almost uncontainable. What memories do you have of times like this? These memories can be touchstones for creating art and giving voice to one’s passions.

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