Hello, my name is Seth and I’m a composer.
No, that’s not the same thing as being a musician. Musicians play music, maybe they write it too, but they don’t live it the way I do.
Being a composer involves a rigorous study of music theory and composition practice. It’s not as simple as slapping a few chords to a guitar and calling it a day. It’s not about writing a rift and pretending you haven’t heard it in a hundred other songs.
So many people play their instruments and don’t even understand the basic notation. They couldn’t explain to you meter or scales in a way that could help you learn. I bet if I tried to open up a conversation about beams and borrowed divisions with your local bands they would just blink up at me stupidly.
I know, I sound pretentious, but I have a right to be. Composing music is more than playing instruments, it’s an art. A very difficult and convoluted art that involves so much more than what your ear can hear.
I didn’t start out this way. I actually had guitar lessons as a kid I wanted to be Joan Jett. Yeah, she’s a girl but who cares. Why is it okay for girls to idolize male musicians but guys can’t want to be like female musicians? Joan Jett was a hardcore musician who never let anything get in her way.
Anyways, it turns out I was terrific at guitar, but I was even better at the piano. Classical music was where I shined. I was playing Canon in D right away and just moved on from there. I really connected to classical composers. Bach and Beethoven are still famous for a reason. Their music moves people.
Modern music moves people yes, but because of lyrics and voices. There are pitches they can hit and sentences they can design that tug at our heartstrings.
Composers of classical had nothing but the music to speak to us, and I found I understand them perfectly. Not everyone does. This means that not everyone understands me.
That can be hard to stomach, knowing so perfectly what you’re meant to do while everyone around you doesn’t care. They don’t get it. The only idea about classical composition they have is movie soundtracks. Everyone loves the Harry Potter Soundtracks or The Lord Of The Rings Soundtracks, but the music is so much more than that.
This is really the reason why I turned to alcohol.