That’s how I describe my relationship with music. I do it because I love it – that’s why I have a degree in it – but I’ve never pursued it as a full-time occupation for fear that I might stop loving it so much.
That said, I do have the privilege of knowing a lot of ‘proper musicians’ which means I get chances to play gigs of various kinds – whether that’s in a string quartet at a wedding or in a full band at a bigger event.
I play the cello and bass guitar, and also compose from time to time. Here’s an electroacoustic piece I wrote while at uni, based on old recordings of Irish folksongs: