First we borrow, then maybe even steal. Are we learning? While imitation is one path to learning composition, how about interrogation; investigation; sublimation; holding one's feeling and releasing; or abandonment of it all.
Like playing with blocks, putting one note on top of another, and a few next to those. A wall formed that is scaled by listening. A window opened to new forms. Ear lids moved by waves of sound and oceans of being. And then we begin again. Perhaps we question a melody or piece we have known before. Why does it move in this direction, elicit this response? What happens if I change a few notes, alter the rhythm? What happens when I work in a new form? I change, what else? Can I allow my feelings to generate a piece of music? Can I let it all go? Keep asking questions?
One thing I know about composition - I'll be back at it tomorrow.
Photo by Steve Jurveston