“But but but, this new track sounds so much more like me!”
The reason so much art never gets finished is because as creators we feel a strong cognitive dissonance around calling something “finished” when in fact it “could be better.”
How can we claim that a song is completed when the way we heard it in our head originally was far superior to how it eventually came out?
Miles Davis said: “It can take a long time to sound like yourself”. And, with every new track you start you think “Yes, THIS is going to be the one! NOW I’m starting to sound like myself! FINALLY, something is coming out of me that represents my real potential!”
But the problem is that once those tracks go through the same journey from the world of ideas to the land of form, they too will disappoint you on some level.
Because even though you do start to sound more like yourself as time goes by, that gap between the quality of your vision and your execution will never fully disappear.
In an attempt to hide from this very discomfort I have found myself: [Read more…]