IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE
Does playing the same song over and over get boring?
I would think that the Rolling Stones are dead tired of playing Satisfaction for 50+ years.
It could be worse.
Your band could be a one-hit wonder.
You’ve got one song that defines you to an audience.
That would suck.
I admire artists like David Bowie and Prince who always charted new ground.
They never played it safe.
And we loved them for that.
Growing up and even these days I still identify with those types of artists.
The ones who chart new ground.
But it’s a double-edged sword.
Being new and different all of the time brings its own set of challenges.
People like consistency.
People make associations.
People like boxes.
It’s tough to be new.
Being a creative, I balance between both spaces.
The creative space.
And the being consistent space.
I’ve got my go-to collection of hits.
And I’m forging forward at the same time.
As creatives, we walk the path between being known for something and also growing as individuals.
To me, it’s important to do both.
Play the hits.
And create new content.
If I do both I’m happy.
If I pick a side.
I’m not happy.
It’s just how I’m wired.
But I suspect, I’m not the only one.
It’s easy to play it safe and just do the same thing over and over again.
It’s also easy to get lost in the new.
Balance is the key.
Your hits are the milestones of your career.
Creating new content is what keeps you relevant.
You can’t have one without the other.