"I feel naked without it..."

I'm finishing up my YouTube playlist today for the History of Rock and Roll contest and it is tough, trying to cull so many years into a concise* playlist... As I said earlier, I'm trying to put a more personal spin on this list, and it is a lot of fun listening to so much music that is part of my personal musical soundtrack!

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” –Osho Quote found here.


Music is such an amazing thing. 

But reading the comments on some of these YouTube videos can make one really worry about humanity (do we really need to debase other people in order to make ourselves feel better about our own preferences?). What we like is such a personal thing. I graduated High School in 1992, so of course, my own tastes are skewed to that era (what I listened to as a teen/ young adult) but that is not to say that there isn't awesome music being created today (even "pop" music, which gets heavily criticized in all eras. Word.).


We seem to feel naked** without our opinions. And the internet gives us an easy way to vent those opinions, spewing them all over the place with hardly a care in the world. 

What a sad thing that is to me***.


But the videos themselves, the music, and the artists who are putting their souls and their creativity into this world, who are doing it for no other reason than that they are inspired****, that they love life, those snippets of art thrill me and help me regain my hope for humanity. 


Spend less time tearing other people down and more time working on your own creations.

Spend more time in love. Spend more time feeding your love, instead of biting into other people. Spend more time creating!


Just a little unsolicited advice today. Since I'm feeling opinionated.


What do you think? When does constructive criticism turn sour? What's your line? Got any unsolicited advice for me today?
 
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* Haha, not really. I'm almost at 50 videos right now. That's not at all concise! But I'll try to edit it before I finalize the list...
** You knew I was going to tie my musings into the title, right? Which, btw, is a quote from "Jane Says"  one of many fabulous songs by Jane's Addiction.)
*** Ironically.
**** Even if you're getting paid, there is no way one can create a work of art without some sort of inspiration, without some sort of love. I do not want to have that popular argument "Commercial art is crap" because it comes down to this: all life is a creative act. It sucks that some people are amazingly talented but are never able to sell their art/ are never known outside their own circle because frankly, art needs to be shared. Even if you're only sharing it with one other person, there is meaning in that sharing.