Two words - kurt cobain
It's always better to burn out at the peak of your life
Unfortunately we have lost two of our rock stars this week, both from cancer, so I'd reckon they may have down a bit of burn-out.
Name me one who faded away--either they got it and never stop because they can't or they fail and stop. Genius has no choice. It never retires. You have to do it till you drop. Not so genius--you fade away of not your own accord.
shut up and suck it
Burn out : D. Go out in that blaze of glory. Sure, some may mock and ridicule, but I think it's because they don't understand. To a musician, their art is their way of life, and to just fade away would be a fate worse than death.
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”