I am very often reminded how blessed I am to be able to create music on my own terms. Not long ago, going into a recording studio to demo out ideas was out of reach for the average musician costing thousands of dollars. Traditionally an artist would have to be signed to a major label in order to record a high quality record and distribute said recording. The playing field has definitely been evened out.
Unfortunately after checking my ASCAP and CD distributor earning statements recently, I see the obvious trade-off. The era of getting rich off of royalties from a platinum selling record appear to be long gone. Several established recording artists refuse to put out new music as a result.
I guess in the end it boils down to what music meant to you in the first place. What is it that you were trying to accomplish? I guess if money was a primary motivator, you are out of luck. The fame is still there even if there is lint in your pocket.
I pretty much always viewed music as sacred and having a higher meaning and purpose. For me, music should heal and communicate an idea, emotion, concept, etc. As I sit here in my studio taking a break, I thank the most high for the gift and am humbled by the blessing that it truly is to create.