Should we compose music that might never get performed or recorded?

Composing and writing songs is one of my favorite things to do. However, I have composed a lot of music that, unfortunately, has not yet been performed or recorded. It just sits on my computer hard drive waiting for its time to come.  Does this stop me from writing music? Of course not!

But what good does it do?

The main reason why I compose is because I enjoy it so much. But it also has some very positive side effects. For example, the more I compose the more skilled I become. As a professional musician, I have to stay competitive. This means I constantly have to study, practice, refresh my already-accumulated musical skills, as well as expand my portfolio; and what better way is there than writing music to do just that?
Bottom line, writing is good for you, whether or not it is ever performed or recorded.

Tip 1:

Don’t worry about whether your composition may ever get performed or recorded. Just go for it!

Tip 2:

If you are just writing for fun, don’t limit yourself when it comes to the question of what instrumentation you should write for. Think big! If you want to write for a 120 piece orchestra, just do it. Maybe one day someone will ask you to do just that. Then you’ll be ready.

Tip 3:

When ever we compose we engage our musical  mind and expand our skill set. It’s never a waste of time.

Tip 4:

Even when you compose just for fun, always give it your very best. Work on it as it were your last chance ever to write great music.

Tip 5:

If you write something you don’t like, don’t hesitate to discard it. There is no need to keep it around; we can’t always be on our best. But know this: it is never a waste of time for us to engage in the writing process, no matter what the outcome is.

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By Thomas Gunther

Thomas Gunther (known in Germany a Thommy Günther) is a jazz pianist and contemporary keyboardist, composer & song writer, arranger & orchestrator, music producer, and educator of contemporary music genre and styles. Originally from Germany, he lives in Chicago IL, USA. He has been an active member of the Chicago music scene for over 20 years, a professor of music at Columbia College Chicago, and creator of,, He is an expert in music notation using Finale (by Makemusic) and produces and records music with Logic Pro x (Apple, inc).

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