|Downtown Binghamon, New York, earlier this month|
The red and the orange.
But this is Music Monday and you are expecting a music post.
Last week, I blogged about master singer/songwriter Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. One of my commenters mentioned that Dylan had not yet acknowledged he won the award, and that the good folks who award the Nobel Prizes had been unable to locate him. They didn't even know if he would show up for the award ceremony.
Now, that silence has become big news, especially after his website briefly mentioned it, but then the reference was taken down. No mention of it now.
Dylan is being called "arrogant", "rude", and more.
This is far from the first time Bob Dylan has decided not to talk. He gives interviews on his own schedule. This isn't the first time he's ignored an award.
So, the question becomes: arrogance, or nobility?
I suspect Bob Dylan does not care. It's his life, his award to accept, embrace, or ignore. It may not be important to his world view - or, knowing the history of the man the awards are named after, he may have decided, deliberately, to ignore it.
On the other hand - if you invited people to a party, wouldn't you want to know who was intending to show up? Or to acknowledge they received your invitation?
What do I think? I think artists have an obligation to the world - the world that has bought their records, listened to their songs, and put money in their bank accounts. Go back to the official website of the artist. The home page is announcing new albums and new tours. All of these cost money, and Bob Dylan wouldn't be advertising these if he didn't want to make money. So, he is making money off the public. (I know - shock. Surprise).
If I was in his shoes, even if I did not want the award, I would still acknowledge it, and thank those who had voted in praise of my works for thinking of me. If you are taking money for something you make, or create, I think you owe those same members of public at least this much.
What do you think?
Day 24 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.