A week or so ago in Songwriting Scene, Sharon Goldman talked about why she writes songs, and she invited her audience of songwriters to do the same. Responses included:
To emulate other great musicians.
To process and express emotions.
To make people listen.
My answer was, To say things in a way I couldn’t in any other medium. To make connections. To make sense of things.
All true. All important. Yet, taken together they felt incomplete.
Today, while catching up on old blog posts, I ran across this from Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid.com:
When I write, I make something exist that didn't before. Noticing that a thought or idea could become a song, finding words and melodies and building on them, piece by tiny piece ... nothing else in the world feels like that feels.
Though I hadn't thought of it exactly this way before seeing Hugh's cartoon, bringing a song into being proves I'm alive.
What do you do to prove you're alive?