Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dealing with criticism

I have been a musician for 40 years. I have been a composer and arranger her for 30 years. I have been a music teacher for over 20 years. I have also been involved in quite a number of varied pursuits. The one thing I am constantly reminded of is that no matter what you do someone is not going to like it. Unfortunately when you put yourself out there in some form someone's going to come back and tell you what you doing wrong. Sometimes criticism is necessary. Maybe you do need to do something different. Maybe you do need to be made of where of something. Maybe you need to do something better. Sometimes though, is just a kick in the gut. Well, if you are going to take any kind of artistic risk, or any risk at all, be prepared to be criticized. It is just the way things are. It is the way the world works. Learn to take it with a grain of salt. Look at it as a way to improve when you are criticized. But also realize that sometimes it's just noise. Do the best work you can and leave it at that. If it is not good enough for somebody, screw them. There is an anything else you can do.

What do you think?