So yay, Spring has finally been sprung! Beautiful flowers are blooming all over the country. Sun is shining! It’s finally sandal weather (good thing too because my winter shoes were on their last leg). I just hope that it doesn’t get TOOO hot... I might end up like this lady. Anywho, reflecting on past Springs, I remember a song from a few years ago that was literally my JAM from Spring right through to Fall... Blurred Lines! Don’t judge me, that song just got me every time. I even loved that slutty video of the naked women dancing around. Great stuff! What did however catch me a bit off guard is the fact that the writers of the song were sued for copyright infringement! Apparently, the song captured the same “feel” and “sound” as the classic hit “Got to Give it Up” by Marvin Gaye. Now listening to these two songs, SURE they sound alike, but my word people, we all get inspiration from music, art, writings, or any other thing in our lives. At the end of the freakin’ day, can anything truly be 100% original anymore??
It’s a slippery slope people! With music especially, I have heard a number of stories claiming musical plagiarism. There is plenty of music out there that sounds the darn same to me. Some people I know even think that every Spanish song sounds the same! Point is, musical chords are always going to be the same. An A minor is an A minor anyway you play it. There are only so many acceptable combinations of chords that are tolerable to the ear. It’s simple math! I don’t consider myself a serious musician (besides my self-proclaimed legendary house rock band “Kitty Rock”, which will be releasing a single VERY soon), but I think the possibility of being sued and punished for a creation simply inspired by another work is very off putting to the entire creative process! At what point does inspiration become a straight up copy? This isn’t just a musical problem though. Even me as a writer, the topics I write about, I’m certain have ALL been thoroughly covered already. But ya know, I’m putting my own spin on the thing! I don't wanna be sued or removed from the internet!
Humans have been on this earth for what, hundreds of thousands of years? Don’t you think most of the good ideas have been thought of already? In this day and age, I admit that it is VERY difficult for anything to be truly original. Yet we always crave new and different original things. How many of you have iPhones? How many of you have androids? Why are these the only 2 phones I see these days? Why have all the others fizzled out? (I may be dating myself a bit, but...) I remember when I graduated high school, the first thing I got was a brand new Nextel chirp phone. You couldn’t tell me nothing! I thought I was super cool. Little did I know that in a few years, my super cool phone wouldn’t matter anymore. Not sure why or how, but slowly we all started to conform and narrow ourselves down to only TWO types of phones. Where is the originality in that? Nobody wants to think of themselves as a copy. I’m sure we would all like to think of ourselves as creative individuals who are always having these amazing new ideas. In reality, we ARE inspired and influenced by our surroundings. We can’t help it! It’s human nature...
Accepting the fact that we are all influenced wether we like it or not, we can begin to create a new spin on old ideas. Don’t worry too much about other people “biting your style”, because the truth is, you probably got that style from somewhere. I still to this day think I single handedly started the “paint one nail a different color than all the other nails” trend. I can even tell you how I came up with it! One day, one of my nail’s color began to chip really bad, so I chewed all the color off. I didn’t want to leave a blank nail, so I used my emergency nail polish in my purse to paint the nail a different color. Boom! But then again, we all think we are the first to do something original, and everyone else is simply...copying. I say, so the heck what! If someone want’s to use my writings as inspiration to write, that’s great! If someone see’s me doing my makeup, hair, or nails a certain way, and wants to give it a try... go for it! Don’t be so uptight people. If someone uses you as their inspiration, you should be flattered...not offended.
Ofcourse there is always that one person who takes it a tiny bit too far. There is a fine line people, don’t cross it! Blatant plagiarism is definitely wrong. Also, don’t be a creepy person who dresses exactly like a friend you admire. A few pieces here and there, sure, but not a head to toe replica! Also, (I’ve seen this happen a lot to artist friends) don’t try to pass off drawings as your own! Duhhh! However, trying to draw said piece yourself is fine (one time I tried to replicate a drawing and EPICLY failed). Other than that, have fun expressing yourself in anyway you can. Also, let me know your thoughts on originality!
p.s. So the Met Gala was last Monday, and I heard a bunch of people say Kim K “stole” Bey’s look from a previous year. I’m no Kim K fan, but come on people, 2 totally different dresses! (Certainly not Chinese though)
p.p.s There is a really fun website called whosampled.com that shows you all the songs that got sampled from other songs...very informative!
p.p.p.s Kanye samples mad songs...