When people say "There's no good [insert musical or theatrical genre of art here] anymore." What they're really saying is "I'm not being entertained anymore because entertainment is no longer relevant to me."
all those who feel that way, there is hope! The following are examples
of narratives that, if allowed to flow through your brain, may change
your perspective on the relevance of the art forms around you and ultimately increase the relevance of your entertainment experience!
(1) "New or younger artists are creating things that are not relevant
to my experience, quite possibly because they are different people from
me with different experiences in a completely different world than the
world I came up in. However, through understanding and acceptance, I can
open my mind and learn to appreciate their perspectives, experiences,
and ultimately, their creations."
(2) "The people who used to
create things that were relevant to my experience have stopped creating
because either they got sucked up by the machine somehow or they found
other things to do, like raise families or start new businesses. Perhaps
I can stop complaining about their life moving forward and simply enjoy
the timeless, and eternal creations that they left behind."
(3) "The people who are still creating who used to create things that
were relevant to my experience are now creating things that are not
relevant to my experience because they've grown or changed somehow as a
result of the dynamic nature of their human experience. Perhaps I should
grow and change as well. Then, maybe I will realize that there is, in
fact, a lot of relevance in the world. If growth and change are not
possible for me, then I can enjoy the timeless and eternal creations
from these artists' earlier catalogs."
(4) "Since no one is
entertaining me, perhaps I should begin living a life that reflects that
which I want to experience in the world because I'm an adult and I am
responsible for my experiences and life outcomes."
I am a
solipsist. I believe that I imagined my world and I create it as I go
along. Though many of you don't want to admit it, you are solipsists as
well. Without perspective, you believe that those who are doing things
are supposed to cater to your every experience in life, whether dynamic
You want your favorite artist to re-create the
feelings that you felt when you fell in love with them every time they
create a new thing. This is fundamentally solipsistic. Internally, you
believe that your favorite artist is a figment of your imagination and
that their life experience should coincide with yours.
a natural thing, really. Artists touch us in such ways in life as to
convince us that they are our close friends, intimately connected with
us through spirit and speaking directly to us through their works. This
is the magic that is art. This is the beauty that is creation. However,
it is important to maintain perspective. Your favorite artist does not
give a single solitary shit about you or your experience. They wouldn't
even be able to pick your face out of a lineup. What I'm saying to many
of you right now will come as a shock and you may want to seek therapy
after reading this. It is tantamount to learning that there's no such
thing as Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. But I'm going to say it
anyway because it's necessary for our society to move forward.
You are the only one responsible for your life experience. Nobody owes
you anything and nobody but your parents (maybe), your kids (probably),
and your significant other (likely) gives that much of a shit about
you...and that's if you make good decisions.