I can certainly identify with this mental chatter: "It doesn't sound good," "I don't sound good enough," all that stuff. That's just normal mind chatter. It's trying to protect us from harm, yet it comes out in this hyper-critical way. Believe me, I'm very familiar with it.
As for myself, I am starting to realize that I may never satisfy that hyper-critical voice. And the good news is, I don't need to. It's like a five year old child that refuses to calm down. Nothing I can do about it. But it's not me. I have the choice about what I do, because I'm actually in control.
When it comes to your own sound, I think it's important to listen to other people's feedback. If other people are enjoying it, if they think it's cool, that is good feedback. That says something. Especially if those people are people whose opinion you respect. If another composer tells me my work is good, that is wonderful. At the same time, if a customer who bought my CD tells me my music is great, that is also wonderful. Because they are my paying customers. I listen to them. Regardless of what I think of my own sound, if my CD sells a thousand copies to satisfied fans... that tells me I'm on the right track!
It can be challenging getting out of our own way, but we must endeavor to do so if we are to be happy as artists and creators.
Edited by Chris Goslow (02/21/13 02:30 PM)