A dear friend once described being in the music business to me using this analogy.
The person in the music business is a big fat seal on a rock, happily basking in the sun. Sometimes they can stay in the sun all day and be warm and content. Other times, they know they have to jump into that icy cold water and find a fish to eat because, to put it simply, they'll starve if they don't. They dread jumping in, and when they finally do, it’s definitely awful. It’s icy cold and numbing to the body - and completely the opposite of that warm roost on the rock’s surface. But sooner rather than later, their body adjusts. They acclimate to the water and it stings less. They swim around in it for awhile until they get what they need. Then they can come back up on the rock and bask awhile longer. The surface of the rock is the joy of making music - the blithe naiveté from our youth which allows us to stay eternally in love. The icy cold water is the business of making music. The reality is that we are the seals and we can’t live without either.