The Artist Must Be True

Breakfast at 08.00. Following the arrival of Silence, recapitulating the Six Principles Of The Performance Event.

1.             We take a decision, and something happens.
2.             This intentional something goes better than we might anticipate, and deserve.
3.             Each performance is unique.
4.             Each performance is a multiplicity of performances.
5.             The possible is possible.
6.             The impossible is possible.

The Seventh Principle resides within Silence. This Principle directs our attention towards trust in the benevolence of the Creative Impulse.

In the Guitar Circle we are not asked to trust what is being said or presented, but to consult our own experience in relationship to it.

The recent decades have been characterised by a widespread abuse of trust by political authorities, military authorities, financial authorities, even high levels in the Catholic Church, in addition to the far lower levels of artist management by nominal pillars of British society.

So, where can we place our trust? Perhaps we can place our trust in music. It seems necessary, to me, that we must be able to trust our artists. If our poets tell us lies, our singers declaim untruths for money, then civilised societies are in peril.

If we trust music, perhaps we begin to trust what is behind Music. When we stand face to face with music, and see what is behind it, our trust in music becomes faith: noting belief is what we hold, and Faith holds us. But for now, we engage a supportive scepticism, held with goodwill, and consult our feeling. Does this move me? Is this real for me?

The artist must be true. This, in distinction to the category of professional lying for those engaged in commerce, in whatever field. The Seven Assumptions give us a basis for approaching true. This evening, we act on behalf of Music, and the audience looks to us to honour our role: we must be true.

Robert Fripp
Monday 4th. October, 2010
Casa De Encuentros San Juan Bosco
Funes, Santa Fe, Argentina