By Morad Moazami at 3:31 PM Saturday, March 2nd 2013
It is special enough to witness a musician as inspiring as Amanda Palmer deservingly stand on a stage as influential as TED and get a standing ovation. But when you look further and see the absolute passion that she has put into her short lecture, there’s something beyond simple inspiration brewing. She is so human, and it so rare to see such undiluted humanity in the very idea of celebrity.
After a long few weeks of preparation, Palmer finally delivered her long-awaited TED-talk about her craft and music sharing on Wednesday night, and it has finally become available online.
It is fourteen-minutes-long, but not a second of it goes to waste as a clearly enraptured Palmer speaks of her modest artistic beginnings in Boston, and then moves on to the significance of trust, intimacy, and interconnection in modern-day music-making and music-sharing. It is an inspiring lecture, and like everything that makes Palmer’s music feel so close and so honest, it feels special, as if no distance exists between her and her audience, whether it is those in attendance, or those watching on a computer screen at home.
“For most of human history, musicians, artists – they’ve been part of the community. Connectors, and openers, not untouchable stars,” she says. “Celebrity is about a lot of people loving you from a distance. But the Internet and the content that we’re freely able to share on it are taking us back. It’s about a few people loving you up close, and about those people being enough.”
She makes you feel less alone, and isn’t that what art should do, after all?