I thought about titling this post as "The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"
, but figured that everyone would think it was another damned political post, so I gave up on being clever for the occasion.
The nice thing about being a filker and the (I hope, moderately) talented amateur that I am is that I can make music for the fun of it. I'm here to satisfy myself and my friends and -- with a bit of luck -- the rest of the folks who are listening to me play and sing. I don't have to spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not one of my songs suits the target market for my demographic, or whether I dare to do something a bit different than I've done before, or a wide number of similar things.Joshua Kadison
had a fine debut album, Painted Desert Serenade
, which I enjoyed quite a bit. But for his second album, Delilah Blue
, he decided to do something different with a large amount of Gospel influence. It stopped his career cold. He's still around, but his most recent album, Vanishing America
, wasn't even released in the U.S., although it's pretty similar to his first album in concept and construction.
But I'm a filker. And I do this because I love it.
And I'm glad I don't have to try to make a living at it, because I'd probably love it less.