We play memories as much as we play music.
The audience is not comprised of music majors, but people who simply decorate their lives with music. They tend to like the music that they grew up with for the rest of their lives. Only musicians and a very small percentage of the audience constantly crave something new.
But then, I guess that's human nature.
If we hung a Rembrant painting on our wall, would we get tired of looking at it?
How many times can you watch a ball game over and over again, they really are all the same. Same goes for most TV shows.
Many of my favorite foods are still the same as they were when I was young. Both good and bad ones for me (but I don't eat the junk food as much anymore - but I still like it). I never got tired of Pistachio Ice Cream, Beefsteak, Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bars (although I do the sugar-free variety now), coffee with cream and sugar, same for black tea, crispy french fries, fried shrimp, salted nuts, Angus hamburgers, baked ham, macaroni with tomato sauce, and so on.
I played Dvorak's 9th symphony when I was in school, I still love it, along with may pieces by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, Moody Blues, Bobby Bland, T-Bone Walker. Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and so many others that I 'discovered' in my youth. Sure I've learned to love new ones, but I haven't tired of the old. Sometimes I put them away for a while, and after I haven't listened them for months, I bring them out again and they are like old friends, or comfort food.
People want comfort food for their ears, and that's why we play memories for them. Sure we can sprinkle in newer adventures for their ears, but most audiences won't let us do that without also giving them some comfort food.
And that's OK with me!
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