Fantastic quote from Teller (of Penn & Teller): “You will be fooled by a trick if it involves more time, money and practice than you (or any other sane onlooker) would be willing to invest.”

The same is true of anything really worthwhile. If you love doing it, if you are committed to it, if it is something so important to you that you really can’t help doing it, then you will pour more time, money, energy, and attention into it than any reasonable person would. That is how the awesome happens.

…eventually, other people might notice. Maybe not. If you feel strongly enough about it, it won’t matter either way, not really. Having other people appreciate your work makes it easier to keep going, which is nice and all. But chances are, it won’t matter that much, because you love it so much that you’d do it anyway, easy or not.

This completely describes how I feel about the music I make. I sometimes spend two hours or more getting a thirty section sound which is barely audible in the mix just exactly right, because it matters to me. No sane person would do that. I do it anyway, because I don’t make my music for sane people, I make it for myself.