Is this the sort of thinking that got America into trouble in the first place?
According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, artists and musicians would be able to quit their day jobs and focus on their creative endeavors under the new health care bill. “We see this as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, ‘if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.'”
Actually, a broader point is being made about the compromises artists and entrepreneurs often make to survive. But it remains unclear if the larger safety net will encourage greater creativity or entrepreneurialism, or simply create more bloat. Indeed, the debate over Obamacare stretches far beyond the purview of this publication.
But within music, a real debate does surround the conditions that truly breed creativity and lasting works. On one hand, greater time and fewer real world distractions are viewed as stimulants for creative output, except that some of the most influential and important artists lived through incredible poverty, oppression, segregation, or otherwise difficult and demanding circumstances. And, within major labels, huge advances and comfy creative situations tend to lessen the chances of edgy songs and hits.
Of course, there are counter-arguments and lots of back-and-forth to be had. Perhaps this is a debate best enjoyed over a cold beer, without the pressures of work.