Artists: Some Work in Paint, While Others, in Bullshit.


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I am not what most people might describe as refined, urbane or sophisticated. Like many of you, I have not ever been formerly educated in “The Arts”. I have never been to a museum. I have never been to an art show. I do love art, and I would not want to live in a world without it.

There are however, a great deal, of what I like to call, “assholes in artists clothing”. Some of these people have gained popularity, fame and riches, under The banner of “Artist”. They masquerade as artists, as if they were not just a bunch of soulless pretenders


  1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
  2. the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

You can see, in both definitions, there is one word they have in common: “creative”. To be an artist, you have to create. Creating songs makes you an artist. Singing songs that somebody else wrote makes you a singer or a performer. There are so many people, who consider themselves recording artists. They don’t write. They buy their songs off the shelf from these behind the scenes song writers. Who are some of these “artists”?

Well, in the rap world, we have Jay Z, Dr. Dre, P Diddy D., 50 cent, Li’l Wayne, Kanye, and Nelly. I personally found this hard to believe there were so many rappers doing this since I have so often heard rap artisits say, “It’s all about the troof and shit Yo.” I guess the troof is over-rated for some.

In the country world, I think It would be easier to name the singers that do write their own lyrics. The only one I could confirm, was Johnny Cash. I had to research for this article. The most interesting thing I found while looking for country singers who did not write their own lyrics, was there are only a handful that do write their lyrics. Oh and while I am here, could someone tell me why in the Hell do EverySingleCountrySinger wear a cowboy hat and boots?

All of these people pale in comparison to the practices of pop artists. There are none more disingenuous than the people of the American Pop Music community. They are a blight on Earth’s ass. I don’t know why God chose to allow this contemptible clamor to escape the clutches of Hell and infect the earth, but I am going to try to put aside my personal differences. None of these people are worth mentioning. If you have YouTube and a working brain, you can find them all.

Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Elvis, and Marvin Gaye, what do they all have in common? They are people who have entertained millions, and they did not write their own music. Very talented I would not argue this point, but they are not artists. I have nothing against them. They are all extraordinary singers.

Some artists have been caught giving their fans the ultimate F#CK YOU!! They have stood on a stage staring at 50 thousand screaming fans, who paid their hard earned money, to hear them perform, and had the audacity to play an audio track rather than sing. Maybe you have heard of some of these people: Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Ashlee Simpson, Natalie Wood, Beyonce, and Whitney Houston.

It is not just the music industry. There is another group of people, who seem to be every bit as annoying. These people are not artists but experts on art. These people worship paintings. I like paintings as much as the next guy does, but there are people who study and interpret paintings. You see, for these people, it isn’t enough to just look at a painting, maybe hear a little background of its history and simply admire its beauty. Oh no, they will ride their bikes through the city early in the morning to get to the museum. They will then sit on a bench in front of a painting and stare at it all day long, in an attempt, figure out all the things that were going on in the artists life and how this had an effect on every brush stroke. These people fall in love with these pieces, but do not pity them, for it is they, who feel sorry for you and me. We are just unable to connect with the true artists of the world. We lack the capacity to empathize with the artist as we stand in the presence of their work. We are burdened with having a life. Woe is you, and woe is me.

Then, there is the asshole artist wannabes. We all heard about the person who peed in a jar and dropped a crucifix in it. This is not the work of an artist. This is the work, of an asshole, who is just out of ideas. So in an attempt to cause controversy this was the answer. The art world embraced this as a groundbreaking and bold display. If you are going to call this art, then I would submit to you that millions of beautiful pieces of art are lost every day as we carelessly flush them down our toilets. Where is the outcry, and why are these people not camped out at waste treatment facilities across America? I am certain, they would not be, unsatisfied.

I suppose if there is any truth to the notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder then perhaps I am wrong. I guess as long as people are content to succumb to and/or pay for the disingenuous of the refuse or bullshit that these people churn out every year, there will always be a market for it. I will close, as I often do, with a positive story; a feather, in the art worlds cap.

 July 7 2000, Metallica was set to play to a sold out crowd at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta GA. Just prior to the show, there bass player came out to inform them that James Hatfield, their lead singer would be unable to sing for health reasons. Metallica did not disappoint their fans. They brought in other talent to carry the load. Kid Rock, along with members of Korn and System of a Down, filled in and the show went on. They did not have James go out and lip-synch the show. In addition to the fans seeing this show as planned, Metallica agreed to come back at the end of the tour and do a free show for all of those in attendance.


I believe the sign of a true artist is the way they treat those that love them. That is what an artist is to me.

I am Tom Nardone, and you are welcome.

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11 thoughts on “Artists: Some Work in Paint, While Others, in Bullshit.

  1. bossymoksie

    I actually like all that pop bullshit, lol. But I never confuse them or their work with art. I see them as performers or entertainers, or distractions for me to avoid doing something meaningful. Good times!


  2. Valentine Logar

    Art, as with anything else Tom is in the eye of the beholder or the ear of the listener. There are many reasons why a singer might lip sync under specific circumstances, they don’t do an entire show this way but single song, yeah they do. It is understandable, whether we think it is acceptable or not is a different story and again, up to the individual to decide.

    There are plenty of singers / artists in different genres who write their own songs and music or work with others to do so. Whether we like the genre doesn’t change their contribution to that genre; Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Alison Krause, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Prince, Mumford & Sons, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer, Waylon Jennings; the list goes on. Many of these artists not only contribute to their own genre but to others. We might not enjoy their music, but they are prolific artists both as musicians and songwriters.

    By the way, your link to the Presidents lip sync is The Onion, not real but instead one of the funniest things on the internet. Love the Onion, great satire.


    1. Tom Nardone Post author

      Haha thanks for the correction Val on Obama’s speech. I have heard so many things about him that it made sense enough to me.

      I agree there are many reasons why a performer would lip-synch. But regardless of why, it is an attempt by the artist to trick there fans. It is also very disrespectful to them. If someone went to an art exhibit to see the original painting by a famous painter but it got damaged on the way. That would be a reason to display a fake. It is still wrong to pawn it off as the real thing.


    1. Tom Nardone Post author

      i am doing well Tia. I with all honesty miss our idle chit chat as well. I hope things are going well for you. And yes metal is nearly all i listen to. Metallica, maiden, priest, crue, sabbath….. all the great stuff.


  3. alienorajt

    Jolly well said, Tom. I heartily concur with your point of view. Your Bullshit Detector is clearly in finest fettle! Alienora


  4. Sara

    Interesting ideas about the definition of an artist! By the way, are you aware that The Onion is entirely satirical? Everything they print is intentionally inaccurate.




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