Numbing and surprising

Everyone loves surprises. Surprise is not only an accident, but also a pleasant accident. A painful accident is called a “hit”. Unexpected happiness or pain is caused by a gap between human expectations (or cognition) and reality.

With the components of sadness, joy, and good fortune removed, accidents are often referred to as “surprises.” Surprise and rules are linked, and everyone’s expectations are generally determined by his or her rule of thumb. The closer this rule of thumb is to reality, the less likely we are to be “stunned”. Often, we can realize our ignorance or self-deception from our surprises or surprises.

Accidents or surprises are related to the accumulation of experience and maturity. Over time, the level of accidents often decreases. For example, in an era or environment of scourges, people’s sense of scourge will be greatly reduced. It is called “numbness”, but it is also a natural comparison effect of accident and rule.

However, the accumulation of human experience is limited, so people will always have unexpected or surprising experiences. Accidents and surprises have enriched and enriched our experience, and sometimes they have touched our hearts and produced aesthetic effects.

On September 3, 2019, ABC Television’s morning news “Good Morning, America” ​​showed a video of a homeless singer at the Los Angeles subway station singing the Puccini opera “Jani Skiki “Oh, my dear father.” The video was taken by a Los Angeles police officer at the scene and uploaded online. The 52-year-old showgirl is a Russian named Emily Zamorka. She was originally a professional violinist and was living on the street because she could not afford medical treatment.

The showgirl’s interest in the public may be largely due to compassion, but there is another reason, which is surprising: a tramp woman sings so well that no one will be surprised. One important aesthetic factor in this accident is the “authenticity” of art.

You hear the beautiful song far away, and you will definitely want to know who the singer is. And the more mysterious the singer is, the more you will feel that song sounds like heaven. If you sit in the opera house and listen to the same singing voice, you may not have the same strong emotion, because there is nothing unexpected or surprised between the singer and her performance on the stage.

In October 2013, a 9-year-old Swedish girl named Amira also sang the song “Oh, my dear father” on the American “Live Show”, causing a huge sensation. Obviously, there is no social sympathy factor, but pure aesthetics work, because a 9-year-old girl who has never been professionally trained can just perform “Singing and Playing” so skillfully so difficult The soprano aria made the audience surprised.

This aria is almost a must-have song for the opera soprano. Famous singers who have performed it include Maria Callas, Montserrat Kabate, Anna Neribeko, and Chiri Te Kanava , Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Hailee Vistla, and Angela Kikokiwo. You admire their singing, but because there is no suspense, there is no surprise.

Of course, professionals will carefully taste and analyze the personal style and emotional expression of these singers, and feel a unique inner essence that can be called “soul” from their respective singing voices. This is a higher level of authenticity. To this day, the authenticity, which is the reality of art, is still the magic that art touches the human soul.

When Gorky first read the short story collection “Three Stories” by French writer Flaubert, he felt a strange electric current flowing through his body. He raised the pages of the book facing the light, and wanted to let the light pass through the page and tell him what the magic was in the story. This shock is what we call an artistic surprise.