"Because I Wrote It" VS "Because It's The Best Possible Musical Piece I Could Write"

Sometimes we get really stuck on a musical section that we wrote because it was hard to write. We’ve been playing that riff like this for ages, so that’s the reason we should continue playing it that way.

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Consider coming out of yourself, spacing yourself from the music, and taking an objective look at each part of your song to see if it really is good.

Back when I first started doing music with a band, we spent hours working on a 20 second wacko math rock section, only to find out a  year later when we listened back, that it really wasn’t all the special to begin with.

It was special initially because of the work it took, but once some distance was created it became more mundane than anything.

Having Critical Band Members Helped Out A Lot In This Scenario

Spending meticulous amounts of time discussing (and maybe even debating) whether a section should be cut or not helps to keep only the best parts in your music.

I’ve compromised my position on dozens of cut sections; I don’t regret losing a single section, because the music turned out better without them.

Distance Is Your Friend

Cutting something that you wrote and throwing it in the trash can be an excruciating experience for a sensitive artist. It’s a very difficult thing to do, but getting in the practice of being a ruthless editor will majorly contribute to the success of your art.

Of course, this means you have to get rid of anything that’s flawed, right?

Well, no. Humans are flawed, and our art should contain some of those flaws. It does mean that we have to think about everything we present though. It takes 10x as long, and we can no longer just bounce that track and send it off without making 50 executive decisions first.

That’s What Separates Artists From Musicians...

...and you should probably decide which one you want to be. 

If you only want to be a musician, make sure that you’re working with someone who’s an artist, whose ideas and dreams you can help make true.

Otherwise, have fun at all those bars and corporate events you’ll be playing.

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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.

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