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Growing up, i listened to alot of the same music as most of the people i know: punk. I criticized and bitched at how people could listen to anything else, how punk was the best music ever in the universe. How could one leave such a pure mentality music and go towards another style that just couldn't compare baffled me. And then I grew up. I went from listening to NOFX, Rancid, Belvedere, Blink-182, Green Day, The Offspring, No Use For A Name, NFG, Subb, Reset to name a few and now listen to a large variety of music and musical styles. I used to complain how a band would change, how they would " sell out " as Big Wig once said but really it wasn't about selling out. Like our music tastes as we get older, bands styles and mentalities change as well and this reflects on their music. This is the course of life and i bless this wider gaze that has grown on me. It helps me have a broader perspective on things and I learn more this way musically and in life in general.
Ive been writing music for the greater portion of my life and I've just come to the realization that getting to the next level, pushing to go big and succeed really isn't for the slackers. It takes every ounce of your energy and time.
Sometimes you'll feel like you want to just drop your arms and give up. It's at these moments you have to ask yourself: Why did i choose to go down this road in the first place. If it's for glory, fame and to become rich, you definitely need to tone down a bit. There's a lot more sweat and tears that you'll need to shed first before you make it there.
If it's for passion and the desire to tell a story to the world or show others the light when it seems bleak then remind yourself that every time the going gets tough and you'll find all the motivation you need. Take the time to listen to your own song and remember exactly how you were feeling when you wrote it and why you wrote it rather then just keep it in you.
There's always an answer to your question. You just need to remember your motives when you decided to take on this journey.