Now we have more music and books and movies to choose from, but we have more tools to give us certainty as consumers.
"A life should try whatever it is it wants to try."
Settle in and make peace with the necessary background work.
There may be no more important effort than to contribute a voice to the vital issues of our time.
What's a little humiliation if it makes you a better artist?
Maybe rock and roll was inevitable, with or without Chuck Berry. But the fact remains that he was the one who advanced the state of the art.
The drive to integrate different influences in one's life and take them in a new direction; that's what Chuck Berry and others like him had.