I tried NOT being a musician once and it was the most miserable five years of my life.
Not asking for much, really. Just an opportunity to be heard by lots of people and perhaps make a halfway decent living at it.
I'd do away with waste, greed and want.
Road To Shambala by Three Dog Night.
Nine Inch Nails. That's about it.
Getting up in the morning.
That it's okay to do your thing and be different.
Sometimes excited, sometimes nervous and sometimes a mixture of both.
I think you're going to need a bigger server for me to answer this question but it basically boils down to how little money there is to be made in music, how the labels own your work in perpetuity and the overall unfairness of it all to the artist it is.
So far it's an interesting concept and I wish it all the success in the world.
Getting heard, though it's a great way to separate the wheat from the chaff as it were.
There's not a whole lot of original material bands out here where I'm at simply because there's not a big demand for it. Everyone just wants to hear what they know but if a great band with original material were to materialize I'd go to their shows as often as I could.
Gene Simmons once pointed out why rap was so popular, though he took a lot of flak for it - that rock stars today look like homeless bums while rap stars are all about the cribs, the bling, the cars, the women, etc. I'm of the opinion that he was right and it goes to the old adage of "dress for the job you want" and by that I mean you need to look professional as well as be professional.
When I find one you haven't heard of I'll get back to you.