Also, I have a hard time with criticism, but then aging don’t we all!
I'm going to tell you a short story about why criticism doesn't matter.
Many years ago my band played a concert in Philadelphia. At the time, there was a morning newspaper and afternoon paper. Each one reviewed the SAME concert.
One of the reviews was extremely
positive, the other one was extremely
negative. Okay, that's half the story. But the other half is that it was the **same things** they reacted to!! For example:
Positive review: "I loved that they just got up on stage and played one long set, and didn't stop until it was over. Didn't mess around at all, nothing but music."
Negative review: "The band didn't interact with the audience at all, they just got up on stage and played one long set. There wasn't even a break."
Positive review: "Then the guitar player [that was me, LOL] started playing these amazing sounds from some electronic box. It was great, never heard anything like it."
Negative review: "Then the guitar player started playing all these electronic sounds, they weren't even like music, it was horrible."
That happened when I was 19 IIRC. Taught me a valuable lesson I've never
Right now on YouTube, I have music videos where some people think the material is awesome, and others think it's horrible. Note that it's the SAME music video in each case.
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.