I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why I make music and what music making means to me.
As many of you reading this probably know, I’ve been struggling with long term health problems for close to eight years now. I have very little capacity for doing things and yet I find myself making music with what little capacity I have left. This tells me that music is very important to me, something I don't think I would have realised had I not fallen ill.
The question I’m pondering now is: why is music so important to me? What’s it all about?
Without realising it, I think we are all to some extent products of the society we live in. So, although I would have probably denied it, I think I came into music making with a few preconceptions about what it is that are programmed into us by our society. For example: it’s only for young people, it’s about ‘making it’ (whatever that means!), getting a record contract, being popular, making albums and getting paid.
I wont bore you by unpacking each of those things, I’ll just say that I think they are all rubbish (for me, I’m not saying they shouldn't be important to others).
I have been realising more and more recently that, for me, music is about making connections with people and sharing my thoughts, emotions and stories. It’s about the moment, creating something in a unique point of time. Each and every time we make music it is an end onto itself and not a ‘stepping stone’ to somewhere else. It’s about living life, expressing ourselves, connecting, sharing and most of all having fun!
Now that I realise those things I have different aims and ideas in my head about where to go next.
I had a fantastic time recording my live album at The John Peel Centre with some amazing friends (friends I have made through music!). It was a wonderful evening, one that I will remember forever. That’s what it’s all about!
It was a truly life affirming experience to share my music with the people who came out to be there on the night. I’m looking forward to sharing the recordings early next year too. It is my hope that through the recordings, I’ll be able to connect with many more people who couldn't be there on the night. That’s what it’s all about.
I’m excited to be a part of such a brilliant, vibrant and friendly music scene here in Suffolk, I’ve met so many amazing people and heard so many beautiful songs and striking voices. Just in little old Suffolk. There really is so much talent out there. I’m having so much fun, and like I said, that’s what it’s all about.
Now that the live album is recorded and being mixed, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make it out more to share my music. In the run up to the recording all my capacity was being poured into preparing for the evening at The John Peel Centre. Now I can go to some of the excellent Open Mic nights there are around here, play more ‘gigs’ and go and busk (though the cold weather may put a stop to that one soon!)
I’m excited to get out and live life. That’s what music is all about.
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.