Can You Really Please Everybody? | Red Slogan Jumper | 16.02.18
HOW TO PLEASE EVERYBODY
Step one: stop trying.
The last fortnight has been really good musically. I wrote two songs that I don’t hate (a miracle) and after a three month dry spell, I uploaded not one, not two, but THREE new covers to my YouTube channel. It has been such a long time since I felt a burst of inspiration to recreate somebody else’s song. If I’m being honest, at a few points over the last few months, I’ve felt like I never wanted to cover another song again! This was worrying, because almost all of my YouTube growth has come from singing cover versions of other people’s songs, so I was incredibly excited to feel that inspiration again! Because of this, I put a lot more time, thought and effort into creating cover versions than I have done in the past. I wanted to create something that I felt proud to put into the world.
Unfortunately, not everybody feels good about what I created. In fact, my cover of Friends by Marshmello and Anne-Marie has received more dislikes in such a short period of time than any other video I’ve uploaded. While it isn’t my best video, it’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever uploaded, and I’ve been left feeling confused. I’ve been asking everybody I know to be brutally honest with me and tell me exactly what’s so bad about the video. I don’t think they’re lying to me when they say there’s nothing wrong with it, so what’s going on?
Well, I spent about two days feeling really bothered by it. I watched the dislike counter ticking away and felt like the Internet was out to get me. Why didn’t these people like the video? Was it the way I looked? Was it the singing? The list of possibilities was endless and nobody was giving me a reason. And then I realised: you just can’t please everybody. Maybe some people do think I’m a bad singer. Maybe some people think piano doesn’t suit the song. Maybe some people don’t like the red background. Maybe some people just think I’m damn ugly. Maybe some people disliked the video simply because they could. There are a million reasons why people might not have liked the video, but why should that be a reflection on me?
It’s been said a million times before: you can be the juiciest, ripest peach on the tree, and some people still don’t like peaches. As it happens, I’m more of a bruised, scratched peach, but I think the stuff inside is pretty good. The people who matter think so, too.
Here’s to giving less shits about what random people on the Internet think. Cheers!
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