Why Do You Make Music?

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” - Abraham Maslow

In my last blog I talked about animals and their songs. Usually animals sing for a very specific reason, some of them are to attract a mate, to warn predators, to express danger, etc. Which led me to this question... Why do you make music? There are many, many different reasons that drive us to make music. Below I have gathered some quotes from our own Line 6ers and outside artists.

"I make music because I have something to say." Seal, BBC News Interview (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7689465.stm)

"I make music 'cause I love music and I hope other people love the music that I make. And when they tell me that they do, that makes me really happy." - Moby (MTV.com http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1432221/20000214/moby.jhtml)

"I make music because I enjoy it. I like doing it. I have always wanted to lyrically raise the level of the rock song." Lou Reed (http://loureed.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=2&page=1)

“I make music because it touches and releases a part of me that would otherwise not be revealed, and it makes me feel good, like in a perfect, surreal dream.” - Grant (Sr. Software Engineer, Line 6)

"I make music because it satisfies some fundamental desire to find patterns in chaos. The mathematical harmony of sonic energy vibrating in a uniquely familiar way is pleasing to both my mind and body. Plus, it gets me chicks." - Mateo (Web Designer, Line 6)

“It's a little pretentious, but I think I have something interesting and worthwhile to say with music. I like expressing myself through music because it's a universal language that brings people together, and I'm totally into all of that hippie shit...” Mark (Director, Product Management, Line 6)

"I make music because it's awesome. To be honest, I never really thought about it till I had to answer your question. Turns out I make music for a lot of different reasons including... it feels good to have total control over something, it's therapeutic, I like making noise, it feels good to express myself in a physical way instead of a verbal way, and it's a good opportunity for me time.” David (Creative Manager, Line 6)

Now it's your turn! Why do you make music?