Art Appreciation

-by Jared Adamson-

I’m just going to say it: I didn’t like The Lion King movie. Go ahead and judge me. You’re not the first and certainly not the last. I’m not a big fan of Elton John’s music and I think Hamlet was better in its original format (thanks to Mr. Shakespeare). And guess what! I didn’t like the stage musical of it either!

Here’s my point: I don’t have to like art to appreciate it.

I can see the popular appeal of the movie and stage musical. My kids love the movie and I’ve spent hours watching it with them (technically, they don’t even know that I don’t like the movie). If my local community theater were ever to get the rights to produce the show, I’d likely audition because people I love, love this show. In fact, I once auditioned for national tour of the production (my life would have taken a very different course!).

  • I think it’s a lovely, visually appealing film. The quality of the art direction is top notch.
  • I think many, if not all, of the performances, both musically and acting, are well delivered.
  • I think every component from the visionary team to the production team to the marketing team were likely the best in their field.

I just didn’t like the movie.

  • But I can still appreciate it.
  • I can still see the value in it.
  • I can still see the quality in it.
  • You can still disagree with me about it and I’ll respect you and your opinion.

I believe that a greater gift of art is not just things we like, but what we learn about ourselves along the journey of art appreciation. And that’s something even Facebook could give a big blue thumb up.



Jared Adamson 9/18/2007


Jared Adamson is the Minister of Worship and Creative Arts at Centerville Christian Church in Centerville, IN.  Studying voice, composition, organ and improv, he has a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with a double major in Bible and piano from Cincinnati Christian University where he later served as an adjunct professor in the music and worship department.

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