Well done Brandon for coming back.. as Elf said an important but difficult step to take.. critisism is undoubtably the most difficult thing for any artist to take, but nontheless the most important one if we are to grow and improve as creative people.
It also serves to weed out those who are truly passionate about what they do and those who are just seeking an ego trip.. the fact that you have returned shows that you are the former..
I've been seeking that musical nirvana for the best part of 25 years now and I still produce stuff that totally sucks(most of it).. but I'm getting better at spotting the good from the bad
Most of my best stuff has been from collaborating.. Working in a collaboration can often be a great catalyst for improvement.. with the right mix of skills, you both end up contributing to the pot and learn masses in the result
Good luck with it all and keep the faith.. looking forward to hearing some more stuff
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