Sorry for the rant. I'm at a loss. I really do my best to write quality material that fits the style of my bands, but no matter what I come up with, it never seems to be good enough. Whether a riff or a full instrumental track recorded at home, it all goes unnoticed. I'm in 3 bands. A 70's/80's classic/hard rock band with a few guys about my age (20ish), an alt/indie band and a plain hard rock band. I'm interested in a wide variety of genres. I've played/play anything from Chet Baker to Black Sabbath to Muse, so my work draws from a lot of different sources. I usually try to keep stuff interesting by genre-blending a little. That never got any approval. Now I write strictly in the bands' styles, and it's still not enough. It's frustrating because frankly, I don't think my stuff is any worse/more generic than the songs we play (in fact a couple of our songs are downright laughable). But clearly it is. Today I presented a new, unfinished song, asking if they'd like to play it and bring it to completion. I was proud of it. Yeah, it's simple and basic, it sounds like every other biker rock song ever written, but so does every other song we play. All I got was silence and a comparison to AC/DC... Thanks, I guess. Every musician's dying wish. Is this a bass player thing? Do bands just, I dunno, not respect bassists as songwriters? Or am I genuinely writing bin material? It's scary because I used to know when I wrote a bad song and critiqued myself accurately. Now I think I'm writing decent songs, and obviously they're not. So either my taste and ear have suffered, or I'm just a tripe musician. Pick your poison I guess.