Why we have music is much more difficult to explain than how and why we use music. Music is based on a lot of things that we refer to in life, if you were asked the question, am I a lot happier when music is being played when I am working? Like mine, your answer to that would probably be yes, especially if it is music that you can sing along to that you know or associate with happy times.
West Indians would tune up to anything to make a rhythm. Consider steel pan, that evolved in 1930s. The music played on it was incredible yet it was created out of the discarded 50 gallon drums of the Trinidadian oil industry. Steel pan is also an ideal instrument for providing the food for the weddings. Calypso is another inspiring style of music with great rhythms. During Carnivals, Caribbean music, particularly in Calypso, is sometimes about protest and social community but yet it is about dancing. West Indians leave their jobs to get back for carnival.
Meeting new people, seeing new places and basking in life’s experiences are the greatest sources of inspiration. It doesn’t always have to be some grand experience, nor a fabulous cross country trip or a famous person. You can get the most extraordinary stories from ordinary people and things, right?
There is not better way to get inspired than going to God in quiet supplication and patiently waiting for his gentle words of inspiration. When asked about his source of inspiration, musical legend Bob Marley once declared: “The Almighty God has remained my source of inspiration”. These inspirations can come in form of dreams, visions or trance.
Headlights only allow you to see a few feet ahead. Cooperate with your inspiration the way you do the headlight on your car. Accept inspiration may show up in a small or large vista of clarity. Your work is to follow the inspiration, not judge the end result of where it is leading you.
Well the strongest and/or most popular music may get most of the income and the big bucks. But they are not necessarily the only ones making money with music. OK I may not be talking millions or new cars or houses here. But small amounts of revenue can be accrued by the most lightly active musicians. If you perform gigs at live music venues, release or sell your own music or get play on less mainstream radio shows you can still make some money with music.
So without inspiration, there is no success. That inspiration to try, and the inspiration to dream on how to accomplish that success. You cannot have one without the other.