Pink is busy touring Europe, and about to launch a new bunch of US dates in Pink 2013 tour. Naturally, fans inquire into the lives of those they admire and respect.
For yourself, consider spending a day shadowing Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle, Horace, Caspar David Friedrich, Nietzsche, or any celebrated artist of history – what would you want to know? The philosopher Jacques Derrida said that he would most want to hear of other philosophers’ sex lives.
No matter your curiosity, you’ll find a wealthier amount of information investigating a modern favorite. No, I don’t mean Kim Kardashian or Honey Boo-Boo; they…well, actually, I don’t have a solid defense here. You have the capacity and freedom to like and emulate who you wish, since we can learn from even the most seemingly vapid people who garner attention by the millions.
I instead have in mind a woman I recently watched comfort a crying girl at her concert. That woman is P!nk.
If you missed the video, watch it. Readers, you may have differing experiences at concerts: some performers may talk to the crowd and ask for the occasional singalong or comment on the weather; some may challenge the audience to mosh or crowd surf; and some may act as though they’re performing for a wall. It should be obvious that their behavior directly reflects their personality. I mean, duh, right?
So what does it say about P!nk, a performer willing to stop a song the second she notices a little girl crying? I don’t imagine it was just a publicity stunt, although she is probably conscious of the positive press; if eyes are on any of us as we do something kind, no matter how genuine our intentions, we know someone is giving us a ‘thumbs up’ (or still hate us, regardless of our kind acts). Nevertheless, this doesn’t detract from her compassion, it just puts it into perspective.
My next question is: does P!nk often do this? Read the comments on her videos and you see numerous testimonies to her audience interaction. It seems she doesn’t just perform for the lustful eyes of fans but incorporates her attire and occasional background dancers into her art. As opposed to someone like Beyonce, who is undeniably entertaining and electric, P!nk doesn’t just want to look hot; she wants to add depth to her songs. Now, don’t mistake me – Pink isn’t a Raphael or a Beethoven; in fact, I find most of her music, while fun, lyrically uninspiring and sophomoric, tailored to untrained philosophical minds.
Now, again, don’t mistake me – yes, this is a criticism, but I don’t believe she should rewrite “Just Give Me A Reason” and quote Aristophanes’ speech from Plato’s Symposium. Society needs a wide range of intellectual maturity.
So what does this mean for P!nk? Personally, I respect her compassion, not only as a human being, but as a performer who doesn’t treat her audience as faceless wallets and seems to extend the properties and effects of her music. And at least she isn’t running an ad campaign like the controversial one Victoria’s Secret is running for their Pink line, the sexed-up and controversial ‘bright young thing’ ads.
Now, ask yourself a fruitful question: do you consider P!nk an artist? Is she a good artist? Does your metric for quality extend beyond your enjoyment of her music? Does the personal character of an artist matter to you? If you answer yes to most of these and enjoy P!nk’s music, consider attending one of her performances during her 2013 tour that will finish in Atlanta, Georgia on December 14th.
Final mind-teaser: do you treat P!nk and other artists as more than just manufacturers of sound?