Remember that art and life are an interweaving dance, and that one informs and inspires the other. Develop an instinct for which sacrifices are truly worth making and which risks are worth taking.
The pieces in which the spirit, notation, concept, sound, come together to make something distinctive.
I think a turning point came when I discovered Mahler at age 16, that’s when I understood what music can be more fully than before.
I enjoy working on music for specific performers or groups — I literally imagine them playing the music as I write it.