If it’s something you love, keep it near to your heart. I think that’s what happens as we get older: we let things slip away because it’s easier to do so in the moment, and then make excuses about not having enough time or whatnot. It’s a tough lesson to learn. And sometimes what we’re told to hold onto or what we’re told to get rid of, it might not even be right for you. It might be right for someone else, but I believe that at a certain point we learn what’s best for ourselves. Whether we can block out the noise of others’ opinions is another story though.
I haven’t written anything in a while, which is not to say that I have writer’s block, more like achiever’s block. Just haven’t been feeling motivated. I did write something for a website, a potential paying gig, but it was rejected and I was told “the humor isn’t there.”
Getting rejected is a reality if you want to be in the creative arts as a profession, and you need to be able to sit with whatever discomfort that comes along with it. I won’t say you should (or can) stop caring about these things. It sucks for a little while, but then you have to figure that it’s just one person’s opinion of whatever you wrote. I mean, there are people who don’t like ______ (fill in blank with your favorite author, band, food, etc.) after all. Crazy motherfuckers.
I’m sure that if you talked to established professionals in whatever medium, they would all have far more tales of rejection than acceptance. Another commonality would be that they didn’t give up when countless doors slammed in their face. I firmly believe that success does not happen when you hear “yes,” it happens when you hear “no” but keep on pushing forward.
I think most people have pretty eclectic taste in music. I rarely come across somebody these days who only align themselves with one or two genres. That’s a good thing. It’s funny because we tend to lump other people into categories like “hip hop fan” or “country fan,” which might not be fair after all.
To my ear, Ween and John Coltrane are both fantastic. I think there’s room for Sonic Youth as well as Eddie Van Halen in the rock guitar pantheon. An aside, if Sonic Youth didn’t have the noise-rock/art school image they could have been one of the biggest psychedelic bands. I recall friend of mine once pointed out a similar thing about the German group Can.
But having a broad taste comes at a price. When my iWhatever shuffle went from Jay-Z to Yes I must have passed out from the shock. Because when I woke up, there was 11:37 left on the Yes song, so I calculate that there was over eight minutes of unaccounted for time. I don’t think I was abducted by aliens, but you never really know.