But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.
I agree, Chris. I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking. I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful." I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music. That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most. Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.
Very well put Forrest and I do agree with you and Chris yet I didn't get that he was suggesting to create works so that people would care about them, which of course is what makes a discussion like this interesting......peoples interpretations vary.
What I come away with most from the video is the challenge. He is calling anyone who listens to task. Dont give up. Push forward. Fail, then fail again and discover what being true to yourself means and dont listen to "Nobody"
Personally, its has always been about the journey and not the destination.
As Garrison Keillor says at the end of each Writers Almanac on National Public Radio......"Be Well, do good work and stay in touch" Perhaps this is all that we can do.