There’s beauty in the imperfection

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs in an interview with Song Exploder taught me something that I think about almost daily: there’s beauty in the imperfection.

Some songs have a sense of perfection. The artists have gone over each element to ensure exact pitch, tone, and melody. But as Skrillex says, a lack of quality gives a sense of warmth.

Nature isn’t perfect. Life isn’t perfect. They’re messy.

Art with a sense of imperfection perhaps echos their messiness – and in so doing, reflects their inherent beauty.

Next time you’re disappointed that something isn’t measuring up, you can keep this in your back pocket. Use it as a reminder that it’s often in the messiness that the best parts of the human experience are discovered.