Imagine if you will, all the time over all the years spent practicing. Now add to that, all the thousands of dollars you spent,and will spend. For what? To impress who?
You look at the thread about the 8 String crazy guy. How many hours did he devote to being phenomenal at THAT? Clearly, hardly anyone is impressed. He must know that by now. Guys on here buy DNA's, Donnies, Cromeis etc. then post pics of there new babies. I'm guilty of practicing for HOURS trying to get 20 secs of music 'just right'. I ask for opinions, I get different opinions from everyone. (which is cool, thank you) But in the end, I don't know any of you. Most you guys don't know each other. We play for people we don't know, want to write and record and sell CD's to people we'll never meet. 99% will never ever break even on our expenses.
For me, when I record something to the point that I like it myself. I'll listen to it a hundred times. If I put that much time into it, and it's where I like it, I want to hear it. Again. And again. Kind of like painting a beautiful picture, then looking at it again and again. It's not so much ego that makes me want to hear my own songs over and over. I suppose it's a sense of accomplishment. "Look, heres a song that didn't exist before I made it! That's my creation right there." I wish others would dig my material. But it's like having a baby, your is beautiful.....to you.
My wife (kind beyond words) has listen to my music and gave me props since I knew her 22 years ago. She's my biggest fan.
I want a couple new guitars. An AT300, a Chromie, and a Carvin. I don't need them, I have guitars I don't play now, because I have guitars I do play, that are just fine. I got all the tone I need covered. So why spend a few more grand on guitars. I could put that towards my house, or paying off my truck. Which is much wiser. But, I'll probably resolve to get an AT300 in a few months. Then I'll post pics, some of you'll ohh and ahh. Some will say it ok, but that they like their Jem better.
So do we practice and spend all this money to impress anyone? I think the list of the impressed is quite small ya know.
Just thinkin out load is all.
Your thoughts? Why do you do it? Imagine investing $2500 at a decent rate for 20 years instead of buying an amp or guitar. A $500 will do fine. We all know that, but still we HAVE to have "impressive" gear, and write and share impressive songs. It's a sick hobby we all share. But darn gratifying at times too!!
Your in randomness, Darin
By the way, Merry Christmas my noodly brothers