On song ‘burn-out’

(Some thoughts after reading the the review here).

It’s not uncommon for bands to become bored of their own older songs and start to resent the audience for wanting to hear them. Overcoming this takes a small attitude shift that comes with maturity.

I once saw Kimya Dawson. Her attitude to the idea that people wanted to hear her popular songs (from the Juno soundtrack) was painful to the point where I almost wanted to leave.

On the other hand: Leonard Cohen… enough said. Can you imagine Coldplay doing a half-hearted, rushed version of Yellow? Of course not! People love your song! Cherish that the heck out of that shit!

Or… don’t play it at all. Radiohead didn’t play Creep for a long, long time. (They do play it now though).


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