As a performing musician I am dependent ultimately on the ability of my audience to take in what I am doing as I play. That seems to get harder and harder for people to do. I notice because it gets harder and harder for me to find ways to express myself in regard to this most urgent problem. I will no longer write reviews of CDs and concerts because, aware of the tremendous pressures to conform, I am not comfortable finding fault with musicians making the compromises they need to make in order to survive.
But there are two kinds of survival: Financial and one's own soul.