What Is Greatness?

I’m not always sure what makes a work of art great, whether it be a painting, music, dance, poetry, a play, sculpture, novel, or whatever. I do know great is a far cry from poor, mediocre, fair and even good. Great is like, you know, GREAT! When it is already great and the world acknowledges it, I glom on to it like a shot, just like everybody else. Greatness is very identifiable. I’ve never discovered anything or anyone great, myself, but I am very good at going along with the crowd. I’m in total agreement, you might say. Michelangelo, hip, hip hurrah. Kim Kardashian, I’m not so sure.Just so you don’t think I’m an ignorant baboon (pass the banana) here’s what I do know. Art falls into two basic categories, creative and interpretative. Mozart created music. Pavarotti sang it. Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, and many well-known actors did the role. Once, Sarah Bernhardt played the part. I don’t know how great she was, but you get the picture. One is the creator and the other the interpreter. You can be one or the other in the Greatness Hall of Fame or maybe, in some rare cases, you can be both. I can’t think of anybody who has worn both hats, but maybe you can. It sounds like a lot of work to me. It’s all I can do to remember where my glasses are.But let me get back to the meaning of GREATNESS. Maybe if I knew what made something GREAT beforehand, I could sit down and write it. For the record, I’m thinking no. Trying to be GOOD is mind-boggling enough. I’ve been writing for years, if not decades, striving for merely that. I am devoted to the craft of writing. I study hard, practice hard, write and rewrite, send…

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