Composers Forum is a daily web log that allows invited contemporary composers to share their thoughts and ideas on any topic that interests them--from the ethereal, like how new music gets created, music history, theory, performance, other composers, alive or dead, to the mundane, like getting works played and recorded and the joys of teaching. If you're a professional composer and would like to participate, send us an e-mail.
The value of music-making cannot be measured by statistics, numbers, or demographics (as the NEA would like to believe). It cannot be measured by financial success. Composing, performing, and listening to music is a spiritual activity, and its primary value lies in the spiritual realm.
Our society is uncomfortable dealing directly with spirituality. We tend to commodify (package), rationalize (theorize), and shift the focus away from (educational outreach) the spiritual role that musicians play in our society.
I know very few composers who donít have a day job or another source of income. We keep composing because we canít not compose. If we stop making music, there will be a spiritual void in our lives.
posted by Corey Dargel