I am branching off of the "TAXI" thread here to focus on the topic of success in the music industry.
I used to think that the songs I heard on the radio and on CDs in stores were there because these were the only people with enough talent to produce music that sounded like that.
OK. I learned different.
Once digital technology accelerated into high gear and allowed you to have the equivalent of a 1980s-grade $250,000 studio in your spare bedroom for $5,000...with much more capability than George Martin and the Beatles had at their disposal at Abbey Road...then all those people with talent but no access to a studio were suddenly able to generate professional-quality music.
Today, there seems to be a HUGE amount of well-done music searching for an audience. Today, raw musical ability merely gets you in the door.
Heck, many people without any special musical talent get in the door! Just listen to National Public Radio on Friday afternoons when they highlight an "up and coming artist" if you want to hear what I am talking about! Sheesh! They often swoon over such "average" musicians, in my opinion.
When I used to run an Open Stage Night at a famous Midwest coffeehouse I heard lots of people with that level of "talent"...and I gently advised them to go home and practice, and study songwriting.
I think it's really all about getting your particular style of music into the ears of people who will prefer it...and buy your CD.
It's marketing, really.
I don't mean that negatively. It's just a fact of life. You have to get your stuff out there, probably for free at first, to find your audience.