Copy Cats

There is something that is near and dear to my heart, which is being taken away from my generation. We are being stripped of the opportunity to create. Somehow, it became cool to remake rather than create. Now, the executives who make all of the big decisions will only approve projects which are completely unoriginal.

Being an artist, of any kind, meant that an individual used various forms of inspiration to reach down deep within himself or herself to produce something completely new and amazing. Now, the criteria for being considered great has changed. Artists are only allowed to produce a copy of what has been done before. This is a fact that brings tears to my eyes. (Not literally; at least not yet!)

I think the powers that be are afraid to take chances so they just keep following the same formula. There are some minor opportunities to unleash our creativity, but for the most part, there are set parameters which are unbreakable.

It began with the music industry. Artists are forced to produce new beats which come from reworking previously successful songs. I believe the term is called sampling. I believe in my generation and I think my contemporaries are talented individuals who can create original pieces. It’s time to stop the sampling nonsense. Free our artists!

There is also a trend to remake past songs. I can’t describe how much it bothers me to hear a great song, and then have some dinosaur tell me the name of the original song. (Yes, if you are an ass who thinks you have some sort of talent because you know the name of the original song, go stick your tongue in a homeless woman’s vagina!) ***Sorry for the graphic image, but I’m literally laughing out loud!*** <Those people are so annoying! At the end of the day, who gives a shit?>

Recently, at a stand-up comedy show, the host decided to have the band play songs so the audience could win free tickets by naming the title and artist. Most of the songs were not from my days of watching video soul with my man Donny Simpson, but there was one song that I immediately recognized. In fact, the song is one of my favorites of all-time. (When I heard this song, I knew I would move to Los Angeles, one day!) I was proud to finally get one beat correct, when the worst thing happened. A contemporary of mine yelled out, “that’s today was a good day by Ice Cube.” I shook my head in agreement, but the host mocked my new friend. Apparently, we were wrong. Ice Cube’s version is a remake of the original, which is titled I-DON’T-GIVE-A-SHIT!

Cube’s version, all day, every day!

Seriously! Please stop the remakes and sampling!

The music industry’s problem sucks, but I am more concerned with the film industry. It seems like every new movie, is either based on a cartoon from the 80’s or a remake of an old film. What the heck is that about? There are too many creative minds in this world to force these same stories on the public.

Even the movies that are original are required to follow the same structure. I’m tired of watching films and figuring out the entire story. Thankfully, there are a few exceptions, but they are few and far between. The shackles must be removed. It is time to emancipate the screenwriters. (I hope no one is offended by the comparison!)

***If you are offended, please send your complaints to the blog’s CEO.***

(She can be reached at 617-382-5968) <If this is anyone’s real number, I apologize!>

Use your phones to figure out what the last seven numbers mean!

My hope is to attain enough clout so I can be in a position to create free of the industry formula. (Honestly, there is a real formula which must be followed!)

I would like to give a big shout out to the writers of the movie Arlington Road for going against the grain and creating a realistic ending. Speaking of realistic, why the hell does every movie have to be over the top? I can barely watch action movies. It seems like the creators are lazy and instead of creating an amazing story, they make characters who have super human abilities. If someone jumps out of a third story window, onto a moving car, they will most likely die a horrible death. The hero will not survive the fall by rolling! (Please stop the ridiculousness and take the time to create something that is clever and realistic!)

Movies are becoming more difficult to watch. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, or else, we will be known as the Dark Age of Creation!



Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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  1. Hahahaha!

    Funny for so many reasons!

    1st: I first read this post about 5am “ish” and I was definitely one of those trying to figure out what the 7 numbers of the phone number stood for. Gotta admit you had me nervous for a second with the phone number, but again it was 5am and I was definitely not at my sharpest. Had I commented on this post then you would’ve been highly entertained with my comments…more than usual 😉

    2nd: Homeless woman’s vagina! No need to say more.

    3rd: I remember the expression on your face when you realized that the song @ the comedy spot was not an Ice Cube original, you looked like your fish had been flushed down the toilet alive!

    4th: Dark Age of Creation. I don’t know why its funny to me but it just is…maybe I’m overtired…

    I do agree with you on the lack of originality in songs and movies and it would be great if artists had more freedom to create. Arlington Road is an amazing movie! But with all that said, I am one of those corny people that get excited when I hear that they’re remaking an old show or movie that I grew up watching. Although more often then not I’m greatly disappointed in the remake, I’m always curious as to how the movie would turn out if made now. So I think as long as corny people like me show up and watch these remade movies and shows, the powers that be will continue to produce them. Sorry Pedro. Can’t wait for them to remake Punky Brewster!! Oooh maybe you should work on the script, I can be your consultant!! PUNKY POWER!!!

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. I would love to write the Punky Power screenplay. The lack of creativity bothers me, but it doesn’t mean I won’t sell out in a heartbeat!

  2. ***Arlington Road is a great movies.***

    Creating a new sound in the music industry is hard because the Radio only plays songs that follow the formula. So artist stick to it so they can get heard.

    I agree with you….they should do what tell like. I was talking to an artist, I asked him why hip hop? He say because he is from the hood…. I was like, that makes no sense. He probably could be a famous Pop singer. But doesn’t change because he thinks that what he has to do.

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