But what, you may ask, does any of this blabber have to do with music? Isn't that what I usually rant about? Well, I was having a rather nice vacation with an artist friend of mine and she mentioned something in passing that made me think. She casually mentioned how she, as an artist who brings beauty to others, sometimes feels more desire to be beautiful herself. When your main job in life is opening the eyes of the world to beauty, it's kind of natural to hope to inspire this beauty also in how you appear. She worded it much better than I have, but the sentiment is something I have also experienced. Whether it's painting or music, if you dedicate your life to bringing these types of beauty to others, it does pressure you to bring beauty through other modes of your life. Fashion easily becomes another source of creative output.
So, many artists end up being artistic too in how they dress themselves, wearing different clothes that capture attention. I'm sure you've seen this happen in some of your "artsy" friends. Many of them have unique styles that break away from cookie-cutter norms. Just as the art-forms we pursue bring inspiration and joy, so can our style reflect that as well, even when we're not singing or painting. The duty of the artist as herald of beauty, doesn't need to stop when we go off duty.