Your ideas in making music aren’t as new as you think. Innovation is impossible to generate on command.
Even when a new development seems obvious in hindsight, connecting the dots for the first time is always a struggle.
Truly new ideas are so rare that skeptics are resigned to the attitude that everything worth doing has already been done.
And in a sense, they’re right. We’re still using many of the same musical gestures and conventions that were popular hundreds of years ago.
But you shouldn’t find that information discouraging.
The musical ideas that show up again and again through the centuries persist because they’re deeply meaningful for our lives—then and now.
My flipside to this hard truth is that the music of the past is one of the best places to find inspiration if you know how to look.