15 Famous Musicians Reveal Why they Make Music

ASCAP celebrated their 100 year birthday on 13th February 2014. The organization offers us a look into the creative process of the world’s top composers and songwriters.  Here’s what top songwriters and composers say about what music means to them and why they make music.

Bill Withers

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“Anybody who makes music has an innate ‘thing’ in there. And then, your environment can lead you further into it or keep you from doing it.”

Charles Kelley

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“Music is so powerful for many different reasons. A song can sometimes say something better than you can. Music and emotion goes hand in hand. Music can heighten certain emotions in you.”

Dave Haywood

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“Music, for me can connect you to a feeling that you can’t get otherwise. And it can transport you to a place that you can’t go on your own.”

Amy Grant

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“It doesn’t matter how young you are or old you are, you can be moved. That’s the great thing about music. I write songs to capture something that I don’t want to lose. To remember a feeling, to keep an experience from disappearing. The pure joy of making music is enough. Not every job has that kind of safe guard.”

Ne-Yo

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“It’s not hard to make music, it’s hard to make music that does what it’s supposed to do. I want to have an idea, and I want’ to express it, and I want you to feel what I feel!”

Dan Wilson

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“Most songs that we hear started out as an idea in the mind or instrument of a person who wanted to bring us joy. I think a  lot of songwriters want to amaze you. When you start writing a song, the first thing you think is that, wow, this is going to blow people’s minds off.”

Bear McCreary

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“Music starts with an idea or something that you want to communicate. Music can communicate any emotion, that’s what it. It’s like painting with emotion. What inspires me is the story and the characters and getting to be a part of that storytelling process.”

Stargate (Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen)

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“You have to have the passion for it, so it doesn’t feel like work. Music is such a universal language and it works on all parts of the world. It’s a language that affects us all.”

Carter Burwell

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“One of the reasons that music has so much influence is that it is ill-defined. The fact that it has such emotional impact makes it very strong and personal. It ends up being a mirror. Music is, sort of, mathematics in an emotional form, it’s math that you can feel.”

Josh Kear

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“Most of the songwriting is about choices. There is no better feeling in the world than the first time that you get to play a song from start to finish and knowing it’s right.”

Claudia Brant

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“I think that music connects us, the universe, the world and every single soul.”

Savan Kotecha

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“I always wanted to be a part of making memories for people, I think that’s what music does.”

David Lang

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“Music is powerful because you can’t explain what happens in it. Language exists to tell something specific to someone else. It’s something that exists on an unintelligible, emotional level and it opens up a channel of communication between people. Music opens this doorway between people. We are all hungry for the doorway that connects us.”

Aloe Blacc

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“I want for everybody and anybody who has ears to hear my music, and to experience it. I wan’t you to like it when you hear it!”