On the flip side, every now and again I reflect on the fact that music can be a very personal thing for a composer. Someone has spent time crafting their lyrics, composing or otherwise working on the accompaniment across many instruments, and then somewhere along the path to achieving their completed track, they reach out to me.
I reflect on the fact that often, other than those closest to the artist, no one has heard their piece of music before me. The musicians I work with are really opening themselves up in sharing their music with me, and trusting me to add something to it which is on the same course as where they visualise the song going.
When I nail it and the artist is happy with the outcome, it's a great feeling. But there's also a sense of how fleeting the process can be. Many musicians write some great material, though some people I've worked with really just have one great song in them that they want to get out, that they want the world to hear. Sometimes I'm exposed to some great, under the radar artists who the rest of the world will never hear. And who I will never meet.
It's a privilege.
Paul Doolan provides keyboard recording sessions for bands and solo artists.
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