Hi there! (with apologies to Peter Gabriel)
JiMiG of JiMiG2pt0 here -I dabble in guitar and electronic music for the following reasons:
Music has always been a large part of my life. During my formative years, you were more likely to catch my parents listening to records than watching TV. As a tween, I often made up lyrics to songs in my head. Eventually, I was gifted an electric guitar by one of my uncles and taught myself how to play by ear. Although my tastes leaned more towards hard rock and heavy metal, I also enjoyed the subtle nuances of classical music. I was always amazed how composers could write out the sounds in their mind in much the same manner that someone might write a book.
Towards that end, along with the guitar, I also learned how to fumble around on keyboards and bass guitars well enough to be serviceable. I can even bang out basic beats on the drums, but I’ve always wanted the ability to compose an entire song—no matter the instrument required, so that is where my interest in electronic music formed. With the software I use, I can “play” any instrument with nearly any set of effects, and make an infinite amount of edits until I’m happy or worn out—whichever comes first!
I’ve been able to connect with people from all over the world through this medium, and I think that has been the most satisfying part of the journey. It really opens you up to how similar we mostly all are and the amazing things that can happen when you put aside differences and just do the work! Sharing the way a musical piece moves you and finding out that you’re not alone, or creating something and getting that first “like”—all payment enough for the effort!
For me, whether it’s mine or someone else’s, every song is a journey, even if I’ve heard it before. Often, my mood will dictate where my focus leads. Sometimes it’s the lyrics, sometimes it’s the music, and sometimes it’s other things like a particular instrument, a certain part of the song that I anticipate, or the production value. I feel like if others cleared their minds for listening, they might enjoy music as much as I do, and that is one of the reasons that I created JiMiG2pt0.com!
P.S. I’m also a really big fan of the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert—currently being carried on by his son Brian and Kevin. J. Anderson—and it inspires many of my creations. My big take away from that world (and what I apply to this one):
It’s OK to follow, just don’t do it blindly. Investigate and verify. Do the work and be your own leader. Otherwise, you’re just accepting someone else’s truth as your own. Do not fear to question that which you believe in, because if it can’t stand up to scrutiny, what can it stand up to it?