In my time spent creating and trying to create, I have begun to notice…well, accept something. The idea for me really came from a VSauce video regarding whether or not we will ever run out of music. From that video, there was a link to the video series “Everything Is A Remix.” That video series drastically changed my outlook on creation for the better.
I create in order to connect with the outside world and share my perspective and my stories. Some people create for profit, other people create to make a point or convince people of something, and others create because it’s all they know. Maybe one of these applies to you, or all of them, or maybe none of them do. If you happen to be in the latter category, you’re welcome to stay, although I’m not sure you’ll get anything out of reading this.
For anyone left, I want to let you that nothing I’m going to write is new. That is the entire purpose of this. I realized that everything that is created now is a culmination, a recreation, a remix…the chord progressions have been used, the words are stale, the stories have been told, the conflicts solved long ago. Modern creators are rehashing the old to try and create something new. Some people see this as wrong or theft, but I don’t. I don’t create to be revolutionary. I create to communicate what I perceive as my unique experiences. And it is entirely possible that another whiny bastard exactly like me is doing and feeling and thinking the exact same way. There are parallels everywhere because we are all so similar. I typically don’t understand exclusion or complete dismissal of bands or genres or fans of those genres exactly for that reason. Maybe the way we go about it is different, maybe one of us is more focused on getting rich, maybe my message is more noble than yours…but it’s all just perspective. The song I wrote this morning is identical to the one a girl wrote 40 years ago. Does that invalidate the passion I put into its creation and what I want to communicate?
This was originally about why everything is a remix…sorry, I lost focus. I guess my point was creation means what you put into it, regardless of how “original” it is. People criticize the abundance of “four chord” songs or songs that use the 50’s progression, but if the music is good and the message is there, how can you dismiss it? And I gripe about Top 40 songs as much as the next “counter-culture” kid, and I’m just as guilty of judgement as most people. I just wanted to hold up a mirror so we recognize our bullshit, even if it means we don’t change. I accept that I’m not original, anymore than anyone else is. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing what I love, even if I sound derivative to you. Maybe someone else will love it.
My final point out of all this rambling is this: go out and create because there is no fucking reason not to. If you have a thought in your head, you can make something. Maybe what you make will be shit, but at least you tried to create something. In an age where anonymous destruction and criticism abounds, take the chance and make something. Communicate your perspective. Someone will listen.