Childhood is a promise that is never kept.
Composers, like authors, have a lot in common. Our main goal is to connect with the listener emotionally.
Food is your body's fuel. Without fuel, your body wants to shut down.
Hooks need to be predictable and not predictable at the same time.
If our main goal is to connect emotionally, we should want to have as many tools as we possibly can to achieve that goal. The more abilities that we have, the more choices we can make musically.
Music is an art form too. Sometimes other forms of art can be inspiring to the musician.
Sometimes I will click on a random sequence of notes- not to actually use it in a song, but to see if I can find maybe a simple pattern that I can build off of.
Sometimes just getting out of the house and doing something you haven't done in a long time (or never done!) can open up the doors to musical inspiration.
Writing a song is much like being an author. Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!), but that doesn't all of a sudden make us best selling authors.