Carl Orff’s political convictions are highly contested. Having composed Carmina Burana during the rise and reign of Nazism in Germany, his orchestral masterpiece remains muddied in scrutiny. This scrutiny, so often souring into condemnation, is misplaced on his music. When it comes to personal beliefs, art is divorced of authorship.
Art and ego are not as autonomous. While it is a fallacy that art is a moral extension of its creator, it is a verity that no art is without an author. Ego does not live in a work of art, but in the ties between that work and its maker. Treading these ties can incite feelings of pride or shame. To a more vulnerable artist, shortcomings sear and scar, sometimes so painfully that the artist retreats entirely.
Recovering from self-imposed creative restraint is not an easy process. Patrick Geraghty of Vancouver rock band Role Mach is a veteran survivor of his own limitations. On March 28, Geraghty will be releasing two Role Mach albums that have been collecting dust over the past few years. By combating his insecurities with humility, Geraghty has found a way to tolerate the indestructible ego.