I recently read an Absolutely Remarkable book called “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green. When I heard this book was coming out I knew I’d have to write a song about it before I even heard the synopsis. Why? Because I’ve written a song for the last two John Green books (Hank’s older brother). I was a little worried that maybe the book wouldn’t inspire a very good song, that it would feel forced or difficult but NOPE.
This book is a commentary on fame and the addictive nature of social media wrapped in a delicious, page-turning, sci-fi mystery. I DEVOURED this book.
I felt there was a lot of truth in April. I’ve never been “famous” per se but there was a period in my YouTube career when I was getting thousands of views per song. I felt this insane pressure to keep delivering and when my views went down I felt really down and blamed myself for not making “good content”.
But now that I’m a few years away from that, I’m happier than I was before. My videos get maybe 100 views but I have so much fulfillment in other areas in my life and I’m creating for myself more than I’m creating for an audience. This is easier said than done and was something that took me years to get to even though I’d heard it said over and over again by creators online.
Sure, I want to make good art. And I’d love to be remembered. But I think fame would be detrimental to my mental health.
Thanks, Hank for a thoughtful and totally engaging read. I loved it! ❤