So... I've always prided myself on learning as much about music as I could for purely compositional purposes. Going back almost 2 decades, I've learned lots of covers, as well as diligently wrote or co-wrote originals with other band mates to play exclusively our/my own stuff. As an original band, we had good shows and awful shows. Spent lots of $$$ recording and promoting ourselves, and took gigs just to "get noticed". All for naught it seems in retrospect. With limited time between family and occupation, I am playing cheezy covers in a cheezy cover band. We make more money, and draw larger crowds than I ever experienced before. I'll make more money in the next 6 months playing other peoples music and crowds loving it, than I ever did in 10 years trying to be an original "artist". It just seems ironic. Can anybody else relate to this?