Throughout everyones career as musicians here or quest to become better musicians - have you ever found yourself dis-enchanted in general?
Its more then hitting a rut. 90% of the music I come into contact with doesn't captivate me anymore. From time to time if I'm watching a movie I'll pause it and rewind it to find out what was going on harmonically in the music but thats about all the inspiration I've found lately. I listen to mostly Rosenwinkel, Holdsworth, Herring for guitarists. Its almost like the deeper I get into more complex instrumental music - the more I'm removing myself from the music circle I once belonged to. Its a bit of a catch 22. If you want to gig and make money - you have to play watered down music, usually rock/pop and R&B covers and I refuse to do it anymore. I've gone to the point of no return basically.
Its like the world doesn't have the energy to sit down and really listen to superior music anymore. I even read an article that Holdsworth was thinking about stopping touring all together and getting a regular job. A voice as important and progressive as that having to put up with that. It kills me. Obviously musicians of that caliber aren't in it for the money - its a calling. But people need to make a living! Is it our job as musicians to educate the listener into taking the time to receive this music better? Or is this basically just musician's music? I cant really listen to this music with anyone I know because its not accessible enough for them. It sounds like a bunch of notes and busy to the average listener.
My past few months of musical relationship has been flipped upside down. If a musician isn't pushing the envelope harmonically I cannot listen to it. I used to be a huge blues fan - Hendrix, SRV, Derek Trucks, and now I cant even listen to any of that anymore. Its sad in a way but it doesnt work anymore. Classical/Symphonic music is the only other genre I can appreciate these days.
Have you Kurt, or anyone here ever hit a rut where you felt dis-enchanted by the whole scene? How can one shake this and move forward? I've tried taking time away and listening to totally different music - but even that hasnt worked.
The more I learn about the mechanics of music and harmony - the less mystery and magic there is to me in a way. Some of the last magic I know of is John Williams type stuff.