When I was a kid, music was absolutely everything to me. I had some very encouraging early ‘successes’ and was building toward independently selling my recordings as downloads on my own web site, rather than be under contract to a record company… It is said that men make plans, and god laughs. 😐 That was Plan A, and it almost worked...
Along the way I married, had 2 kids, internet file sharing happened, music became free and Plan A hit the financial wall. In the day, there were few options to host your own web site, so I started a private tech company to do that; (GoodMedia), fast forward to today and as a recent “empty nester”, I can record music again at any time of day, without the need for corporate approval, the need to sell it, or depend on the government to fund it. 🙂
To this day I can still read and write quite fluently, in English and Music. 🎼
So then, where’s all my latest music ? Yeah, well… I’m working on it. I still have my recordings from the 1980s, but compared to when I started recording with magnetic tape, my current digital recording technology, while being absolutely awesome, is also a rabbit hole of infinite choices that changes with every software update. The sound quality of hallowed vintage recording tech that once cost a fortune, is now available to anyone with just an iPad, which has permanently changed everything about the music business. 👈🏼
Music, now basically free, still holds an intangible value for most. For me, it's a permanent side gig. 🙂