Beyond hoping that someone will like one of my songs, I don’t think about how a song will be received. I just hope that, when somebody hears one of mu songs, they will want to hear it again. — Lyle Lovett.
One of the most often overlooked aspects of creating music is the need for a Quest. Musicians should never be satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, or nominal performance. In fact, I think the best musicians are simply uncomfortable with anything that embraces the status quo. Creating music is a quest, a pursuit of excellence, the pursuit of art.
The way you define the quest determines the path you travel, the people you associate with, and ultimately, the music you do or do not create. Having a mindset focused on the quest is so critical to creating music. Your mindset makes the difference between mediocrity and success.
Smart musicians understand it is not just enough to define the quest; the quest must be intentional and unyielding. Your quest will guide you to pursue the right things, for the right reasons, and at the right time. The motivation behind your quest sets truly great musicians apart from the rest of the pack.
Little else tells the world more about a musician than the music they create. Keep listening and keep creating. Make your own music.
Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life. That comes through in Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson. There is no separating their life from their music. — Lyle Lovett.