These past couple of months, I have been wondering about the origin of this myth as music being – especially in the form of composition, songwriting, arranging, orchestrating, etc. – recognized as an “easy” job.
Without a doubt, we can take into account the climate of academic culture where more value is placed on mathematics, sciences, and language & cultural studies. That because music is “extracurricular” in the world of school, we are imbed to believe that it is extraordinary – out of the customary – of what society should deem as intelligence.
We say to others to follow your dreams, make a passion out of your skills, be successful… but we tip the scale of determining worth heavier on the ends of jobs that have a core in standard academics than artistry. That hard work has a value determined by the academic subject it is founded on.
Can a person who works 40 hours a week doing mathematics have more or less of a arduous lifestyle than a musician playing late-night gigs and freelancing other skills 24/7? I say that these cannot be sole variables in determining how “easy” a job is.
Just thinking out loud.