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By hent03 on February 12, 2020 2:09 pm

Over the last few years I got caught up in the idea that I needed people to read my stories. I was trapped in the idea that I needed writing to be my career or it wouldn't be 'real'. I felt like that was important. But at the end of 2019 I had to reconsider what creative writing meant to me. In the end, I realized that I don't write to be read, I write because storytelling is something I enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I love it when people read my work and enjoy it or draw meaning from it, but that isn't what drives me to create. It doesn't matter to me if a story is 'good' or 'bad'. It doesn't really matter to me what people think, either. What matters is whether or not my heart is in it, because there is something special about capturing a feeling or a moment in a narrative experience, even if nobody reads it.

Music for me is a very raw expression of this idea. I don't have much in the way of musical ability or knowledge, so I kind of just stumble around looking for what feels good, and if it feels good, I consider it a success. The ability and the knowledge will (I hope) come with time, study, and experimentation.

Anyway, of all the tracks I've made so far, I feel like this one sums up that feeling for me most clearly. smile

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February 18, 2020 9:05 am

What a lovely track and a lovely sentiment. Thank you for sharing your story, it really resonated with me. I have been having a lot of the same thoughts around music for a while now. My musical interests are broad and always changing and I often find myself thinking that if I can't do something as a career then it is not as you say "real". It is so liberating to allow yourself to just simply enjoy doing something, I think it's what I love so much about weeklybeats.

February 18, 2020 8:06 pm

All art has this plight. Some people stumble into making great pictures, but struggle with something else. It can make it hard to determine one's worth or one's measure of success.

I'd call this song a success though, whatever that's worth.

February 23, 2020 5:29 am

Well said Hengtee.  This is how I've thought of my music creating since I've started.  I create stuff I enjoy creating and if other people like it too, great!  If not, who cares!  haha.  I've found over the years I've ended up being successful in being hired for 'my sound' whether it's film scores, sound design, collaborations or tuition.

Beautiful executed track btw. smile  Nice work on the mix with this one.  Everything gels together and the melody really carries you along for the ride.

February 24, 2020 8:42 am
Ryan wrote:

What a lovely track and a lovely sentiment. Thank you for sharing your story, it really resonated with me. I have been having a lot of the same thoughts around music for a while now. My musical interests are broad and always changing and I often find myself thinking that if I can't do something as a career then it is not as you say "real". It is so liberating to allow yourself to just simply enjoy doing something, I think it's what I love so much about weeklybeats.

I think that's what I've like about it a lot as well. The weekly time constraint just makes it a little easier to be okay with a track just being fun, even if it's not as polished as you might usually like. smile



Devieus wrote:

All art has this plight. Some people stumble into making great pictures, but struggle with something else. It can make it hard to determine one's worth or one's measure of success.

I'd call this song a success though, whatever that's worth.

Thanks so much for the comment, man. Really appreciate it!



rdomain wrote:

Well said Hengtee.  This is how I've thought of my music creating since I've started.  I create stuff I enjoy creating and if other people like it too, great!  If not, who cares!  haha.  I've found over the years I've ended up being successful in being hired for 'my sound' whether it's film scores, sound design, collaborations or tuition.

Beautiful executed track btw. smile  Nice work on the mix with this one.  Everything gels together and the melody really carries you along for the ride.

Really glad you enjoyed it! I think you've done a great job of following your creative interests and embracing the kind of art you like to make. It's very cool, man.

February 24, 2020 1:08 pm

Cheers bruv!  You've done pretty good yourself I'd say . smile

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