Nov. 26, 2021

Composer Lifecycle

This loop (photo) has circulated lately on social media. but, despite the humor implied, is NOT endless and does NOT "ring true" for a great many practitioners of the creative arts.
Writing music is not the endless merry-go-round that this image implies, although some may choose to see it that way.
The urge to compose is not a circle-back phenomenon; it is a one-way linear movement forward to keep creating, no matter what, as long as our physical health will permit it.
The hope of how a created work at its premiere might win the approbation of the most demanding critics or be received by a public either keenly receptive to it or apathetic and indifferent has little if anything to do with the impulse to keep producing.
While many composers create in spurts and may quit for a time before resuming their writing, being in a depressed frame of mind over the outcome of the release of an individual work or group of works isn't where it is.
It doesn't, or shouldn't, matter to creative artists if reality happens to line up with their expectations or not -- they just keep right on working and producing.