This is a very easy trap to get caught up in. Especially in Pop music where the goal is to “please” your audience. And it’s a very nuanced thing. You “think” the goal is to make, create or mix music that your audience wants to hear. And that’s certainly NOT wrong. If they don’t like it, they’re not going to want to be a part of your audience. You will lose them.
As most of us tend to be in this profession, I am a self aware perfectionist. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It allows me to work tediously for many many hours to get things done but it also forces me to toil for many many hours trying to make things perfect.
I see this all the time. People asking audio related “tech” questions. Not that this is a terrible thing. It’s good to know whether or not you should “dither” before converting from 24bit to 16bit or whether or not you should leave “headroom” on your final mix to help the mastering engineer master your mix.
This is one of those highly controversial subjects. Each side has their points or arguments but having been around bands, record deals and bands splitting up for most of my life, I feel I can argue safely and strongly on the idea that bands SHOULD share their songwriting publishing equally if they want to be a “band”. Otherwise, it’s the songwriter and a bunch of hired guns.
Holding onto one jewel or diamond in the rough is not the key to success. Especially not in the music business. The key to success in this business is to have many successes that build upon each other. And you can’t get “precious” about any one of them. They’re NOT your children.