Originally Posted by mudrecords
Does anyone here honestly make music only for themselves? Do you care that no-one else hears it?
I love creating songs for my own enjoyment but I have to admit that the greatest pleasure comes from other people enjoying what I do. Even if no-one listens, I will still keep pounding out the tunes, but it is definitely more satisfying to me if other people listen and like what I have done.
Is there anyone here who doesn't give a toss about what other people think of their music? Is it arrogance or bliss on your part?
I think, maybe, as a musician, as an artist in general, if you care about what you make, what you do, you need to be prepared to make your art just for yourself.
But, to be sure, one part of the process of art as it has evolved in our human cultures is sharing that art with others.
No matter how self-actualized we are, there is a fundamental social transaction when someone says, Nice job.
Whether it's a 3 minute pop tune or an 80 story skyscraper.
You can know you did a good job -- and, sometimes, sometimes that's just got to be enough.
And, conversely, of course, we've probably all known artists who simply can't trust the praise of others and who often struggle with demons of their own perceived imperfection. For them that social transaction may not even be a plus.
But, for most of us, it probably is. Sometimes even when we suspect the attaboy
is pro forma.
EDIT: All that said, I think there is sometimes something even a little deeper than just getting an attaboy in creating your own music. I mean, a great cover band could get a lot of praise and legitimately feel good about that -- but it's really not
quite the same thing as writing a song or crafting a composition that is truly
a personal expression (and not just something we whipped up when a clever phrase occurred to us, though that's fun too), sharing that
and having other people tell you that it touched them emotionally in some way. That
, to me, is a key draw to the social/sharing side of music. Communication. There was a time when I thought I wanted people to think I was a hot guitar player (I never was). But as I grew up as a musician, I realized that what I really wanted to do, the ideal, was to share some sort of emotional experience in some way.
Of course not everything we may do as songwriters is always profound or necessarily deeply personal. Certainly there is a satisfaction in crafting
something using one's intellect and intuition and drawing on his understanding of emotion that, even if he's not directly putting emotion in, is crafted intelligently and sensitively enough that it provokes strong emotions in others.
But it's not quite the same as pouring your heart into work that means something to you and then finding out it means something to someone else.
Maybe it's only one other person
but sometimes that's enough.