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!)
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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!