(Original Post February 2012)
The Arts, all the way from fashion, design, music, etc...has a way of repeating itself. It's just a matter of time. The challenge is how to stay innovative and cutting edge without copying or reproducing the trending songs or styles. Check this out; there's probably over 1.5 million artist out in the Unites States alone that have created their own unique sounds, styles and lyrics. The problem isn't that their not gifted but that mainstream America "might" not care so much for the newer, fresher sounds of these individuals. So they think.
Here's your challenge for the day. (test my theory) Check out at least 5 to 10 playlists on your friends or co-workers computer or iPod. On average you'll find the same or similar music. It's almost like we need to like the same stuff to fit in now. It's culture, it's the business.
Purchase new music, something completely unique and out there. Give it a shot. For you the creative, it just might inspire you to create something you've never even thought of. And even if your art isn't recognized, delight yourself in your work.
We were created in the image of God, the Creator. So we should create an not focus on who will see or hear our work, or how much profit will I make. That's a creatives worst enemy; creating something for profit. Don't believe me?