I've been in a couple bands. I grew up in Southern California so that shouldn't come as a shock to you. There's a band in every garage and they're all going to be rock stars one day. There's something about ocean air mixed with smog mixed with... with...
You think too much. It should be more about feeling. Not about being clever. About feeling. Not about gimmicks. About feeling.
Things that last have feeling. By things I mean songs. By feeling I mean I can close my eyes and remember what it felt like when I first held my older sister's copy of Weezer's Blue Album. I can conjure the image of a teenage boy sitting in the back seat of his parents' Honda Civic blaring Helmet's Unsung through his headphones on the way to watch his high school play football. I can smell the sweat soaked shirt after that Ozma show at Chain reaction.
It's a feeling. And you can't always articulate it. Which is what makes it so great. And sad. And frustrating. And amazing.
Sometimes the best thing you can tell yourself is to stop thinking and start feeling.