As an artist, I have always struggled with the whole art vs. commerce thing. Mostly in my head, but plenty in three dimensions too.
The questions are: Why do we write? For whom, ourselves or the audience? Can you do both? Is it a personal journey? Or is it best used in the service of community?
The answers to these questions are going to be different for each artist, and different for the same artist at different points in their life.
For me, right now, it’s about balance. Some for them, some for me. For they really aren’t often the same thing. Life spent immersed in music changes your tastes, you begin to appreciate the subtle over the blatant. This is not true for the average listener. They listen for a different reason and through a different filter. Many times the things I love about a piece are not even heard by the “civilian.” I love them, though, because they remind me of the humanity of the musical communication.
So, I stumbled across this, and thought it summed up one of the reasons we write, create, and doodle. It is only one piece, but very well said.
“You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down… some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.”
Aaron Copland, 20th century ‘Americana’ composer.
A Clip – maybe this works