What is it about music that just sparks something within? Why can just a snatch of melody turn into a full-blown karaoke moment at work? How can it speak to so many even without words? Where does the inspiration come from?

I’ve recently considered becoming a composer. Is that surprising? It was to me. I’ve always had a passion for music; it’s played a pretty major role in my life. From infancy onward, there’s always been some sort of music around me. My mother’s lullabies, music from today and generations past, being part of band and choir – you name it, I’ve probably dabbled in it at some point.

Except composing. I don’t know, it just never occurred to me before this year.  But I suppose I could do something with it, huh? In a way, I’m composing on a regular basis. I think the only reason I don’t is because the inspiration usually strikes when I’m at work or otherwise occupied. Kind of hard to create a musical masterpiece when the song comes when you’re too busy to put it down or record it – and disappears before you have the chance to.

Is there a serious career in composing? Could I live off of it? Or should it just be a hobby?