Or better - how to wriggle out of a project without having to say that. Apologies if this has been discussed, couldn't find a thread like that. My problem is - I always somehow end up in an original band. I really enjoy playing covers and it usually works very well, but usually someone bum-steers the band towards originals and that's where things stall. Not fun anymore, it's like giving birth to some ugly monster that just doesn't wanna come out. There aren't that many talented songwriters in the world to justify everybody playing originals. Sad, but true. Some people just fail to acknowledge that and I'm really stuck how to handle these situations. I don't want to offend anybody, most of people I play with are friends and some can get quite precious about their stuff, but I do think their material is crap. Not original and repetitive, often simplistic. Every time I make a gentle remark about the song - what I hear is "why won't you contribute and suggest something". No, I want the monster dead, not on life support. I'm not a songwriter because I am not talented enough to write good songs. Why are some people too scared to admit the same? Is it all ego?