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 into sagacity.
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