Anyway one of the things we are always on the lookout for is music to add to our repertoire. We're pretty experimental so nothing is off-limits but this got me thinking about, and almost being reluctant to suggest, attempting some well-known tracks. I'm thinking your Bohemian Rhapsodies, your Stairways, anything held up as iconic like that. But why was I reluctant to share those ideas? Because, in my head I often hear this voice that shouts me down and says "you can't do that. It's wrong to attempt it". As if it's some sort of goddamn sacred territory. It actually really knobs me off. What the hell kind of uncreative, unimaginative mind would respond that way? Okay, mine, as it happens. But I have heard people say this, and it's that whole worship-the-dead-guy nonsense all over again and ugh!, it's all seeped into my psyche like a sex-pest uncle at a wedding. The weight of tradition overpowering creative urges - such bullshit. Of course the resultant covers may be crap, but one has to attempt them, to shoot for the sublime at all times otherwise what really is the point? And you can always improve it until it's good enough to wheel out in public. Christ, it's not rocket science.
It's just a bad attitude, based on fear rather than striving. Be fearful of things worth being fearful of, not of the pusilanimous judgments of a few small minds too terrified to attempt anything. What has this to do with writing? Not alot. Well, maybe something. But it feeds into daily life. We worship - we effing worship and get kneebound before - dead guys, rich guys, people with silly hats, imaginary guys where we should be dreaming big. It's really, really unhealthy to think that way unless you are unable to function any other way, in which case it's totally fine.