In todays day and age the contribution of people that call themselves hobbyist in music is actually quite remarkable. I find that some of the people with full time day jobs that compose after work really know what they're doing.
On this forum and in other places I think that the hobbyist musician sometimes feels intimidated by those of us that make money doing music.
I wanted to write this because I'm not sure that you know that a lot of musicians in the past that have made serious and lasting music were guys that had other jobs.
Alexander Borodin is one of my favorite Russian composers and he was a chemist. Charles Ives sold insurance. One of my favorite clarinetist use to be head of CBS records--yeah, desk job. I spoke to somebody who knew this guy and he said that he would pratice an hour a day before work everyday for 40 years. Wow. That's more than I practice these days.
So if you're one of the ones that feels intimidated by "professional" composers I would like to say this. We people that actually make money doing music are often forced to do things that are less interesting just to make ends meet if even we can make ends meet. We have to put up with the most stupidist comments about our music with a smile just to close a deal.
I'm often envious of people that don't rely on the biz to make money. It gives you freedom to do what you love. I personally am so busy that if I get to doing something that I really love its by accident or just pure coincident. I guess I love music so much that doing almost anything in it is still pretty exciting for me, but I long for times when I could just sit down and compose whatever I could compose without fear of whether my "boss" was going to accept or reject my music or whether it's what they're looking for in my next deal.
Keep 'em coming you hobbyist. Who knows? You just may out live us all.
Just something that I had on my mind.