The derivation of the word “art” basically means... to join together. With that in mind, I want to make you aware of how other great music artists from Mozart to Bob Dylan made music history. Included in these greats would be Elvis, the Beatles and Johnny Cash. What did they do to make themselves considered great? What do they all have in common?
Each is unique. Each is creative. Each changed the popular music of their times by combining already popular forms in a new way.
When Elvis recorded in Sun Studios in those earliest days of rock and roll, he combined the influences around him. Young Elvis brought Gospel, country and blues together.
Bob Dylan combined his Woody Guthrie/folk with rock. His protest songs were “protested” when he first electrified them.
When the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, they had mixed pop with orchestration that produced a change in song structure.
Johnny Cash reinvented himself each decade combining his music with other forms of music through out his career.
Watch the movie, Amadeus to learn of Mozart.
If you want to make music that changes the world don’t want to be the rocker playing for drunks in dumpy bars, the latest rapper in the hood, another broken hearted/hell raisin’ country singer or the latest kids on the block. Do something that has not been done before by combining elements that are already popular in a new and creative way.
After all, it is art…. to join together.