"You'd be famous if you didn't write love songs" | Writer's Block
I really enjoy getting feedback from you all when I share my creativity. I think it's really special to have the opportunity to connect with so many of you I've never had the chance to meet in the real world. It's difficult at times to respond to you all, especially now that I'm an adult with grown-up responsibilities and music has taken a backseat. But I swear I read every message you all send!
Some comments stick with me for a very long time. Like, for example, a long while ago (I think I was in high school at the time... so 10ish years ago?) someone wrote on my YouTube channel something along the lines of "You should stop writing so many love songs. You'd be famous if you wrote about something else, just saying." Now I know, I know. Sticks and stones, right? But this one stung! I felt like I let one of my fans down simply by writing song upon song about love.
I'm running into a bit of a writer's block at the moment. Strangely enough, a lot of this comes from this comment made to me 10 years ago. Here's a challenge-- Consider the last song you listened to. What was the song about? Love? Because I feel like that's the subject of most songs. We all draw creative inspiration from the people, art and ideas that surround us. It only seems natural to write about love, when those are the songs I listen to. But I've latched onto that YouTube comment, so love songs are no longer ok!
As I write all this down and try to rationalize my thinking, I realize how ridiculous it is that I've let this comment have so much power over who I am as a person. But, trust me, this are very real and very embarrassing feelings that have caused me to stop making music.
I feel like I have to write non-love songs from now on in order to appease a stranger on the Internet. I'm so self-conscious of my writing now. If I can't write a love song, then what do I write about? I feel like my only other options are to write about traveling, or self-growth. But aren't those subjects just as overdone as love? On another note, if the majority of people are choosing to listen strictly to songs about love, traveling and self-growth, then shouldn't I be making music like this, too, since it fits society's tastes?
Oh boy, I am just a giant mess of introspection today. When will I stop analyzing and just write a song already? Any tips on how to stop thinking and just do?