“They’re two different songs. Somewhere in between, you took a pitstop. Why the pitstop? You don’t need it.”

I shared two different versions of a song with a friend. One from over 10 years ago. The other I’ve been developing over the course of the last couple of months.

Obviously, a gap of 10 years is substantial. But that’s not really what he was pointing to.

He could feel the raw, visceral energy of the original. Which seemed to be lacking in the latest version, which had obviously been filtered through the opinions of others.

One version offered an authentic experience of the song. The other didn’t.

The rational, logical mind can serve us well in certain situations, especially in situations that require the evaluation of data and analytics.

But what about creativity? What about artistic success?

If your creativity is filtered through others, sure, it might find a bigger audience, but is that artistic success?

If you give yourself without holding back, that is an artistic success all its own. It’s a true, authentic reflection of your personal expression. Others be damned.

No, one is not wrong and the other right. You can apply the thoughts and opinions of others to your creativity. But don’t expect it to have the energy of the original.

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