Originally Posted by puzzlebox
1) To an outsider, music composition seems to be a very creative endeavour. What happens when/if you don't feel particularly creative or inspired - is it still possible to sit down and churn out the music? Is scoring as natural and procedural to you as, say, programming is to a programmer?
2) Until you voiced the Marquis de Singe in Tales of Monkey Island, we didn't realise you were freakishly good at anything other than music. What further hidden talents lurk in Jared's unplumbed depths?
3) The lives of successful musicians are often fraught with the temptation and vice that come with the trappings of fame. You, however, seem like a very down-to-earth young man. How do you manage to "keep it real"? Or have you simply been lucky enough to escape the glare of tabloid journalism thus far?
That is a really good question, and it's one that a lot of my friends ask me. There are definitely tunes that flow really freely, and some that are like prying a rusted door open. The reality of the work, though, is that it has to get done, and usually very quickly, so I've learned to live with the "blocks", and to work through them as much as possible. I have found that the more I write, the less likely I am to be blocked, or to feel uninspired. I can't speak to the question about programming, since I am decidedly not a programmer, but I do think learning how to carry on through a difficult creative moment is an important skill that needs to be honed by any composer. It sort of comes with the territory.
Haha. Um, I like to think I'm a decent cook...I certainly enjoy it. I do a lot of teaching work with junior high and high school age kids, and I like to think I'm reasonably good at that.
Haha! My life is not glamorous at all. I honestly think of myself more as a craftsman than anything else—lucky enough to be making a sustainable living doing the things I love best. Anything beyond that would just be noise, to me, I think.