Back when I worked at the Lincoln Center Tower Records, one of my colleagues, a former administrative employee at Manhattan School of Music, told me how it was not unusual for alumni of the school who had studied composition to come in looking for letters of recommendation for law school or business school or some other practical endeavor unrelated to music.
Of course you can still compose after you have given up pursuing a career in music. But I’m curious. Are there any doctors, lawyers, bankers, or what-have-you out there who once wrote music but who no longer compose? What made you stop? Are you happy you did? Regretful? Philosophic? Let’s hear about it.