Before John Coltrane, before Charlie Parker, even before Ben Webster or Lester Young, there was Coleman Hawkins, the great music titan, the man who first brought tenor saxophone to jazz.
Coleman’s big hit was 1939’s “Body And Soul”, one of the great soul tracks of the Twentieth Century.
“There’s a bit at the beginning of the article about the song’s composer, the 21-year-old Harvard graduate, Johnny Green. Green was asked if he had known while writing Body and Soul, that it would become the most-recorded torch song ever. He replied, ‘No, all I knew was that it had to be finished by Wednesday.’”
Boom! That’s the way it works, for anyone in the innovation or creative business. History decides what is “art”, history decides what is “important”…
Meanwhile, you’re just doing your job, you’re just showing up, trying to be a pro, you’re just trying to be a grownup, you’re just trying to get paid.
The more (and sooner) you treat it like a job, and not some airy-fairy, arty-farty thing, the happier you will be. That’s pretty much how the game works.