Why do you make music?
It’s probably not the fame and fortune (well, at least not the fortune). It’s not the stable income or cosy retirement. I hope it’s not because your parents told you to do it.
I’ll bet you’re making music because you love it. You love music, and creating your own music is a logical extension of expressing that love.
But what does that mean – to ‘love’ music? In this context, what is love? It’s not the love you have for another human being – a partner, a parent, a sibling, a child.
Music is a different kind of love. It resonates with us. When we hear music we love, we feel something amazing. It’s not easy to describe, and not everyone feels it. But chances are if you’re reading this, you know what I’m talking about.
Of course, music isn’t all feelings. We connect with music on an intellectual level too. As creators ourselves, we are constantly dissecting and analysing the music we listen to. We are trying to understand how someone else made their music so great so we can figure out how to replicate it. Or we’re trying to understand how someone else made their music so terrible so we can figure out how to avoid it. As creators ourselves, we probably connect with music more intellectually than most people. So much so that it’s sometimes easy to lose perspective and get lost in the mechanics of making music.
It’s important to always remember the emotional connection. Remember how good it feels to connect with music! It’s glorious – don’t ever lose that feeling!
And don’t let your audience lose that feeling either.