Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship.
The worst question any musician can ask is, "Why?" As soon as any aspect of playing music transfers from visceral to intellectual, the whole process may seem silly. Having spent most of my adult life performing in bands, I am occasionally asked why I do not play music very often anymore. This made me ask the inverse question: Why does anybody play music? While every musician has different priorities, I propose that there are three main reasons: money, attention and self-expression. Few make music for just one purpose, but most land somewhere in a Venn diagram of the three.