after years of wading through these kinds of threads, and 8 gagillion opinions -
professional, amateur, tech, and musician, educated and self-taught,
hard-working, lazy and entitled, humble and self-righteous, ignorant and insightful,
talented and tone-deaf, broke and loaded, born with a silver spoon and successfully entrepreneurial,
respectful and irreverent, independently creative/expressive and copycat/poser/wannabe,
lucky or cursed, connected or ass out - in every freeking genre, i've come to a conclusion.
the bottom line is..............there is no bottom line.
every single musician, and every single human, is different
we each want different
things out of life.
and this changes constantly - given our environment, stage in life, etc.
some folks want to read about specs on ribbon microphones until their laptop battery dies.
others want to make a gazillion dollars in the industry with marketing and merch.
other want to compose 85 minimalistic symphonies.
some want to get high and get laid all the time.
other want to spread political and social messages.
still others want to stay in school their entire lives and get 8 million degrees.
some want to paint themselves green and jump up and down on stage screaming.
others want a union sound effects gig for a movie studio.
some want to hang out and jam all night. or play covers.
some want to be as famous as possible party with gaga, etc.
some want to wrap cables all day, tune guitars, set up amps and mic stands.
or just hang with the band.
some people just get off telling everyone what to do all the time.
others want to philosophize 'til the cows come home.
some people just copy other people for the rest of their lives - and never discover themselves.
but regardless, most of us in the entertainment industry live in a fantasy world,
and never come to terms with the fact that we only have one life,
(depending on our belief system) - so, we'd better start trying to make the best of it.
at the end of the day, there's no prize. nobody's watching you.
you're the only one who really matters. so be good to yourself, and be good to others.
i used to think i had all the answers. the older i get, the more i realize, i don't know shit.
but if i ask any one of the younger generation here,
you're all driven and opinionated like mutherf*kkers.
this just reminds me of myself not so long ago.
FWIW, i say - do what you love. and if you don't know what that is,
spend some time trying to figure it out - because you only have one life on this planet -
as far as i know.
anyway, cheers - and i wish you all the best, slutz - you ROK!