I dunno, I've read magazines and books, seen movies and even heard from musicians I was related to or friends with when I was a kid and teenager (the 70s and 80s). There was always someone talking about how they were better for not doing what so-and-so did. I'm sure Bob Dylan had fire in his belly and said, "I'm not going to do what those jerks think I should do, I'm going to do what *I* want to do."
I'm sure he did. I just can't picture him looking down on the guys in The Band because they played cover songs instead of doing their own ****************, you know? Or did they only earn his respect when they became willing to play the songs HE wrote?
Yeah, a lot of people talk about how they feel better for not doing what so-and-so did. Happens in all walks of life, not just music. Usually it comes from a place of their own insecurity. So people who do that might want to consider trying to reach towards being above it.
And, to be perfectly frank, I'd have little issue with listening to Dylan talk about what he would or would not do, because he's proven he can be successful with his choices. But the guys who just WISH they could be as successful with their choices? Nah. Just comes across as insecure to me...sorry.
Asking about why someone talks about why they don't want to do something is funny, because by their stating what they don't want to do, it shows part of the reason why they DO the things they do.
No it doesn't. It's just an observation.
People can't do everything, so choices have to be made. Some people are like, "Well, I like this music, but not this, so I'll play the first kind." Others, due to personality, passion or whatever, state it more forcefully as "I'm definitely not doing THAT!" In both cases, you get a sense that the person is focused. In the latter sense, I can see how it would offend *some* people (like yourself). But I can only see it really offending you if it applies to you and you are insecure about what you're doing in the first place. "Hey, I *resemble* that remark!!"
That's pretty backwards. Seems to me the defensive and insecure one is the person putting others down in the FIRST place.