Love this piece so much Michael. It is so true! I just watched the documentary, Echo in the Canyon about the music in Laurel Canyon in LA in the mid sixties. The Byrds were inspired by the Beatles and The Beach Boys. The Beatles then riffed off of the Byrds. Buffalo Springfield was riffing off the Beatles and The Beach Boys. Eric Clapton wrote a song using chords he heard from a fellow musician. In Bob Dylan’s early music days he would reuse melodies and recreate songs with his own words, it had been done for centuries. Being inspired by, building on, what has come before through your unique expression, it’s evolution, YES!
Thanks for commenting Kim. I'm looking forward to checking out that doc. It's been on my list.
The thing that gets me about the copying though... it the were and when it's not okay. I know that for me, sometime it feels pretty shitty to see someone take what I've worked so hard on and use it without asking or attribution. and yet... so much of what I've created has been born out of what I have seen others do.
Cue Original Medicine - I find being connected to my medicine, if a good reminder that while the ideas may not be 1005 original, the medicine is and that.. can't be taken.
I make videos about the things I and the people I serve, need to hear.