How refreshing to hear an intelligent opinion about music!
See, you know what music is supposed to be! My experience with fellow musicians has been pretty bad. I wrote a song on my guitar in D#. The verse goes D#,C#,G#; it's an oft-used progression. The boys in the band I was with at the time arugued with me to no end!
Them: "That song can't be in D#, because there is no C# in the key of D#!"
Me: "Hey, it works doesn't it? The song has a B#m, and an A# . . . the song's in D#!"
Unfortunately, I didn't (and don't) know enough about music theory to proove I was right. I think
I was right . . .
Anyway, that's just a small sample of the knuckleheads I've encountered in my attempts to work with other musicians.
It's not that I believe music theory is unimportant, I just think that music is flexible. If I read your post right, you believe this, too, and that warms my heart. I am so sick of musicians who limit their creativity to only what it acceptable within the rigid bounds of their idea of music theory. Their compositions end up being tremendous technical accomplishments, but the have no soul -they're all theory.
Them: "I put this note here because it goes here."
Me: "Yeah, but it sounds like butt. It's totally dissonant, and it hurts my ears."
Them: "Yeah. That's the point."
It's good to see that I'm not alone in my beliefs about music!
Also, many people have told me that I will never be able to achieve my full potential unless I learn how to read and write music. In truth, I'm not interested in fame or money. I love writing and playing and that's why I do it. Have you ever seen guitar tablature? it is so
easy to read! I can't help but think that piano notation could be a whole lot easier than it is to read. Of course, maybe not.
Truth is I just don't want to learn to read music again. Maybe there's some bad associations with reading music in my mind . . . I don't know.
Maybe I'm limiting myself as a composer -but I feel free as a lyricist and I'm happy to play by ear.