Just saw a car with "A66" on it and I thought, that sure is a lot of Atelier games

"Improvement" isn't a linear scale. Sometimes you can learn things from people who have much less experience than you. I've met beginner musicians who have a better grasp on "big picture" composition than me.
(And it's not like I'm that experienced myself, I'm only 7 years in...)

Anyway, I don't like music elitism and I've said this quite often. I think instead of trying to police how beginners make music we should give them support instead, I think that kind of should go without saying, though...

And heck, I know someone out there is gonna claim that the 4 Chords are a crutch, but there's a song that uses them beautifully and builds on them and presents them so well in its context that it's one of my favorite final boss songs ever. ("MARIA", from Atelier Ayesha)

Like, if a beginner artist were not using any references at all and were just throwing themself into trying to get all the proportions and linework and shading right by eyeballing it. That's just cruel. So why do people expect that of beginner musicians?

I don't think there's anything wrong with a beginner doing things like "tracing" other people's songs in a DAW (as long as it's for practice and not posting) or taking the 4 Chords as a starter and building off of it. You'd say similar things for artists, right?

Vocaloid and UTAU covering is a common entry gate into original making because it eases a lot of people into internalizing rhythm and scale concepts (even if not consciously), MIDI sequencing, and DAW exposure. (It certainly was for me on the second two)

I feel like saying that a music piece is bad because it uses a standard chord progression or doesn't use some diminished chord is like the musical equivalent of saying that an art piece is bad because it uses cel-shading

This is the story of how a song I made that literally has only three chords in the same progression for the entire song (a deliberately self-inflicted challenge) somehow has the second highest view count on my channel, and was responsible for yanking me out of music hiatus...

I like this article that talks about understanding yourself and setting realistic goals and constraints for yourself, and acknowledging your limitations as simply a part of how your process works jamesclear.com/dr-seuss

-- sorry 😅 They always posted at odd hours for me...

I know zines are fun and all, but I keep worrying about all of my artist friends who are constantly signing onto new ones after they finish one. I know projects are exciting but constant crunch isn't good, you know? Anyway, I'm off to join another collab albu--

I want to be good at music and art and writing and translating and video making and I need to accept I can't do all that in a single lifetime. I'm not here to be self-deprecating, I just conversely think I shouldn't be hard on myself for being a specialist instead...

So it was pointless holding myself to the standards of people who were not me.

It's food for thought. I think every day is an exercise in figuring out the way that works for *you*, even if it's not the right way -- especially when it's a hobby you're supposed to enjoy, right?

Maybe that was what I should have done this whole time...I'll never be a career artist (I'm not even a career musician), music will probably always come first, for formal projects I'd rather ask other people.
But making a sloppy *something* is better than nothing, right...

Recently, I tried out a new painting style and surprisingly I didn't hate the result (as much as usual).
It was sloppy, broke every rule of clean art, white spaces everywhere, but hell, I finished it. If I'd tried the "right" way I'd have found it to be a chore and given up.

When I picked up music I came to terms with the optimism of improving with time, but with art it never worked out that way, and it just ended up in a self-feeding loop of feeling I hated it, losing motivation, never finishing anything, and thus never getting real practice in

As I've been very open about admitting for a while, I have little confidence in my visual art despite having done it on-and-off since I was in high school -- every time I drew something I would just end up feeling that the end product was ugly and unsightly

Quite recently @mirihawke@twitter.com has been tempting me with very good reasons to try out MAGFest and there would be issues with scheduling finances and time, but also, I have not been to that area of the country in more than ten years...

Really, I would like to go to cons out of state more often. There are lots of people I want to meet and I can't just wait for all of them to come to Los Angeles to see me;;

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