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Old 04-18-2009, 12:47 PM
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I'd have to say music and theater.

It was the music of people like Jim Morrison and John Lennon that motivated me to get involved in music itself, and when it comes to theater, high school drama class eventually caused me to gain a huge respect for theater, and I'd like to get involved with something like that as a career... hopefully.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:03 PM
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Hmmm.... Beethoven's 6th or 7th, Shakepeare's Henry V, Monet's purple-ish garden paintings, and most of Alma-Tadema's stuff.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:05 PM
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Movies, classic film noirs. I could watch and rewatch them all day long. Also Celtic music.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:07 PM
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German Expressionism ( Murnau, Otto Dix, George Gross, Benn etc)

and Edvard Munch, Edward Hopper


...William Blake......no, I give up, it's to much I would have to mention
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:08 PM
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I find that very hard to answer - I love music and film in general. There are several films that have had an impact on me when I saw them (American Beauty, Fight Club, The Remains of the Day - plus the novel it originated from) and some music that means a lot to me (Counting Crows, Bruce Springsteen, The Killers). Some books that stuck in my mind include - The Rules of Attraction, The Remains of the Day amongst them.

I'm not sure what influences I draw from them.

I love the Piano - I keep meaning to find the time to learn to play. But I can listen to Piano music all the time. It's emotional variablility never ceases to amaze me. It can make you dance and cry and everything inbetween.

In art, seascapes calm me. Architecture can fascinate me. I love old European cities and the Grand cities and how they are planned out. Lots of stuff.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:25 PM
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I have a horribly pop culture background, and upbringing... (my parents were big fans of "Hee Haw"... what else is there to say?) But a few bits of real culture snuck its way into my head...

There was my high school class trip, to see the production of "Dracula" with those amazing sets by Edward Gorey... It was my first introduction to real theatre as well, having only seen typical high school productions before... To say the least, I was blown away by the play.

My first Shakespeare was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" done by the Peoria summerstock company. That too sparked a life long love of his work.

When I hit 12, I became a huge fan of Poe, and Lovecraft. If "goth" had existed then, I would have almost certianly been a part of that scene... but I was stuck in the middle of Illinois during the 1970's.

Gustave Dore followed, which was kind of ironic, because at the same time, I discovered Ray Harryhausen, who was also influenced heavily by Dore's sense of the dramatic.

From there, I tried to expose myself to as much classical art as I could... but by then, I was already on the road to science fiction and fantasy... I suppose you could say that the author who influenced me the most after that was H.G. Wells, and the filmmakers of the 1950's: Pal, Harrayhausen, Laurie', Corman...
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Monet's purple-ish garden paintings, and most of Alma-Tadema's stuff.
Wow, I never would have guessed that
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:42 PM
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Among many other types of art... Rocky Horror. That was art. Any good Star Trek fan should be able to sing along with "Time Warp" at the very least.
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