They Tore It Down

Old farmhouse, Arundel Maine – Photo by Dan Steven Erickson

When I returned to Maine in October of 2020, I went back to the old farmhouse our family had rented in 1972-1973. It was in grave disrepair but still stood. Since then, they tore it down.

It can be sad to see old places and things demolished and thrown away, but sometimes it’s what needs to be done. Junk is junk.

I’ve heard creative people say, “never throw anything away.” I wholeheartedly disagree. If I never threw out my old and defunct work, my countless false starts, my crap, I’d have to haul it around in a truck.

If an older piece of work is outdated due to its lack of quality because you’ve since learned more about your craft, why keep it? It’s just clutter.

They tore down the old house. That’s sad. But the place was rotting and falling apart. It made more sense to tear it down and rebuild.

It’s the same with our creative projects. Sometimes it makes more sense to throw things away and start over. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.