Musicians create for a variety of reasons. Some write songs with a priority on emotional expression, others consider the intellectual / theoritical aspects to be most important, still others want to create "important" art relative to their genre. Of course, there's many other motivations as well, and I believe them all to be equally valid approaches.
My particular background is that of a rock musician of the simplest order (I can play three chords in any key you like ) and by far, the emotional content of a song is my priority. How "good" or legitimate the music is from an analytical, intellectual or theoritical perspective is not a consideration in my efforts, only how it makes me feel.
However, in a community centered on symphonic composition, I naturally see many more educated and well trained composers here than I would in your local, smoky biker bar. I was curious what angle you folks approached your compositions from. Is the theoretical aspect the most important to you? Or are you more interested in creating an artistic statement? Or, shocking as it might be to suggest, do some of you just write whatever feels good regardless of how theoretically/technically advanced it may or may not be? (You can use an alias if you like to protect your identity. )
I'm very much enjoying the company of such well educated and talented musicians, and since it's a new experience for me, I'd love to hear what you folks each consider to be the priority when you sit down to compose.
Remember, all answers are correct, and neatness counts.