I believe this is what I'm supposed to do.
As a kid, just like many of you, I had an ear for distinguishing differences in the sounds of music and harmony, etc. My mother used to sing in the house when I was very little and I fell in love with music. I remember asking for piano lessons for my 5th birthday, but my parents couldn't afford them. My father bought me a kids Elvis guitar instead and I learned all the fingerings and note arrangements in the booklet that came with the guitar. Of course I was just 5 years old and the youngest of 4 boys, so the guitar disappeared at some point that I don't recall.
At 8 years of age I started recording beats and keyboard phrases onto an old battery powered cassette recorder with my 11 year old cousin. He had an old toy polyphonic keyboard (3 octaves with the ability to play three notes at a time) that sounded like wind was blowing through it as I played chords. He used different sized books and plates and jars and metal things as his drum kit, while banging them with pencils and sticks, and what ever else made a cool noise.
When I grew older my mother sang in our church choir in the alto section. By the age of 12 I was able to hear all the parts of the choir sections as separate independent entities, yet in perfect union as they blended. I learned all the parts to all the sections for all the songs our choir sang and my mom started bringing me to choir practice to be closer to the music. By 15 I was studying bassoon at LaGuardia Arts, high school of music and art, in Manhattan. As I approached graduation I was studying privately with one of the top students from Juilliard School's bassoon master's class.
Due to a few misfortunate events I never went on to study music beyond LaGuardia, but a handful of years after graduation I started studying recording engineering and production. I fell in love with the electronics and equipment behind the music industry. Since then I've worked as a sound editor/producer for radio, to running live sound in small (very small) venues, producing various small projects out of my home production suite, as well as working as sound utility, boom operator, and production sound mixer, and sound transfer for a number of features, television shows, docs, commercials, webisodes, broadcast ENG shoots, etc.
After these last 15 years of studying the details of recorded sound and learning the process of implementing recorded sound in film, the desire to create melodic performances with "separate independent entities (of sound), yet in perfect union as they blend" continues to be my passion. I'm just starting to learn the art of sound design and I realize the difficulty of this passion. I'm back to square one. I just want to make music again, but this time it'll be with manipulations of varied auditory constructs, blending them into perfect union with a musical score and moving picture.
Thank you for the question. A wonderful end to a long day