Writing tunes and original music is one of the most rewarding parts of being a freelance musician. The feeling of “creating something” gives a sense of accomplishment and helps drive forward practice ideas and materials. The way you must distill and edit ideas as a composer is also directly translatable to an improvised solo. Best of all, in a time when there seems to be dwindling options for musicians to make a living, having your own works performed and used provides a valuable income stream.
If you have Amazon Prime, check out the movie Madtown starring Milo Ventimiglia. Madtown is a bit of a psychological thriller (rated R) that features three of my original tunes. When you steam it on Prime, a couple of shekels find their way into my piggy bank.