I just had the most emotional experience of my film composing life, at a screening of a documentary I scored.
The doc tells the story of a woman who had a years-long, traumatic, emotional experience and this woman, the subject of the film, was at the screening too. She came up to me afterwards and said my music captured her emotions exactly as she felt them—she tells her story very simply and straightforwardly in the doc, but one can feel her inner tension. And she said my music portrayed her emotions and gave them voice—and how did I know she felt that?
The film breaks my heart—I wept during the screening. And the subject of the film, who faced all this trauma, felt my music portrayed what she was going through—and now I’m an emotional wreck in the best possible way.
There are lots of great reasons to do what we do. And there’s plenty of hard stuff and self-doubt. Today my heart is singing.
(Apologies for the necessary vaguebooking.)