So I started thinking about the reviews that seem to flood the industry on the subject of "nothing new". They go something like, "This artist needs to reinvent him/herself" or "is resting on the successes of their past" or simply "not original songwriting".
Here's what I thought: I kind of liken songwriting and the entire CD creation process to painting. The Renaissance developed a style of realistic painting that is still mimicked today. Or take Bob Ross for example. People LOVE his stuff. What if he completely changed his style before he passed away to something completely...'original'. What if his "happy trees" became "angry trees" in the name of reinvention?
I think people who review and critique professionally getting tired to listening to 5,000 albums per week in the same genre. I'd get tired of hearing the same thing too. So while they may want to hear something different, radio stations play exactly what their listeners want to hear. If you're not hearing what you want to on the radio, and want to listen to things that are unique and original and quirky and cool...there are tons of great Indy artists out there making some pretty unique music. Soak up some "Abstract Art".
I can promise you that everyone I know, who's making music, is trying to write the best songs they can, and create the best music we know how. So don't believe it when anyone says that we gave up, or that our songwriting is struggling, like I read someone say about some friends of mine this morning. We are giving our all for the pleasure of the King of Kings! And when He becomes the priority, man's opinion, while it can still hurt, becomes unimportant.