"We're being held to standards of false perfection," says Tessing, a Long Beach, Calif., psychotherapist. "Someone who's written a song may be intimidated because they're competing with polished acts on radio. It's not like the turn of the century, where everyone played an instrument and got out on the corner to sing. The expectations on self-expression are way too high today.
(My advice, ignore those egotistic assholes on corporate radio or anyplace else they happen to show up, especially seeing as how all they're doing is killing off human expression)
The emotional component of music explained somewhat.