As we move further along through this quarantine, I am starting to think more and more about the way we are as humans. With the current situation we are deprived of things that we never expected would be removed from our lives. Obviously human interaction is a huge thing that we are missing and we all want to get back to hanging out with our friends and enjoying our families, but there are simpler things that are not around that have made me think.
Human beings are obsessed with instant gratification and needing everything right now. This is shown through arts, entertainment, and materialistic objects. Everyone buys their goods online through Amazon or Walmart or some other website. We all want our items shipped within 2 days, because if not, that is way too long. This instant satisfaction has spilled over into what we expect from entertainment and arts.
I was having a conversation of why Major League Baseball is not as exciting as the NFL or the NBA the other day and I came up with a reason why. Everyone always bring up the fact that it is slower and the games are very long. This is a huge point, but I think the biggest reason is because there are 162 games in the regular season. This saturates the game and makes a lot of games seem not as important as others. As humans we want a meaning for everything and when games start to not have meaning, it gets boring and starts to feel pointless.
The biggest problem with these past two examples is how it pertains to arts and music. As a musician, music producer, or entertainer we feel pressured to fulfill the needs of others. Making music takes time and deserves a ton of attention to detail. I am a strong believer of getting your product out to people because criticism can be great, but it needs to be done at your own will. The pressure from others to get everything they want, right here, right now is not worth giving less effort to something you love and are passionate about.
The moral to come out of this is that our arts, and our passions are ours and no one can take that away from us. If making music or performing is what you love to do, do it for yourself and no one else. Maybe you want to show other people your final product, or maybe you just want to keep it for yourself. Whatever you want to do is up to you, but remember that. When you start to do everything to appeal to your critics, you give up on your passion and love for your product and what you do.