Somewhere in the back of my mind I want to believe that there is a perfect song inside of me waiting to be written. Maybe one day when that perfect song is released from its captivity, I'll announce to the writing world that we can all go home. Mission accomplished. I know enough seasoned songwriters who have realized that the "perfect song" finish line is still as far away as it was when they began writing.
That mindset, however, only leaves room for failure. Fear of failing is enough to stop a painting before the first brushstroke. Every song will fall short of perfection. What we need is a better understanding of how we define art as successful.
The pursuit of creating great art is less like aiming aiming an arrow at a bull's eye, and more like throwing a football through a tire. There is room for growth, as there is room for failure.
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