I am a believer in separating the transitory from that
which should, and usually does, endure.
I am primarily
a scholar by inclination and my music and poetry are very structured and rhetorical in form. I attempt to depict experiential
transformations. The crucial factor in depicting accessible transcendence concerns the nature of meaning conveyed.
I find that the greatest pleasures come from the struggles to convey
imaginative insights in literature, including song literature.
As an artist, much is to be gained by learning artistic strategies of past genius. I see the artist's problem is
not so much to be revolutionary in content or form, but to be communicative of a range of experience which takes one beyond.
Reading a painting or quartet, with eye or ear, alters consciousness.
While my background is primarily in Literature-- Shakespeare, Milton, Blake-- I am also quite interested in the history
of ideas. Nowadays my interests involve the composers Machaut and Beethoven, the ancient form of Christianity known as Gnosticism,
and the tradition of painting. These interests simply make me more alive."
--Tim Backer, July 2012