When you write regularly it’s apparent that a fair amount of repetition will creep into your work. This is particularly true if the writing is focussed on specific subjects and those articles/blogs contain your opinions. Even given the flexibility of intellect and the general open-mindedness I try to apply, it is rare that an entrenched opinion will fundamentally alter. Sometimes I avoid repetition by trying to ignore the urge to write and simply bang my head against a brick wall instead.
I’ve long held the opinion that modern musicians do not work as hard as their predecessors. In fairness it’s probably a different kind of work with more worldwide travelling involved. The fact is that if you read any book about successful bands in the sixties you’ll find that they were constantly on a treadmill of recording and playing – and that playing often included multiple gigs on each night.Things change, of course, and in particular the process of recording, releasing, promotion and touring has tended to fit fairly standardised patterns over the past thirty years or so. I am always disheartened though when I hear of a successful band ‘taking a break’ , it seems to me that this is counter-productive and risks the success that they have worked hard to achieve in the first instance. You wonder was it not what they were expecting or hoping for, is it ever?