My preference is to shadow write for others. Be their Bernie Taupin. Assist them in achieving their artistic goals. Perhaps even going so far as to provide more than just words and music by sharing what little I've gleaned in my time on the lighted stage.
I've stood before crowds more often than I've been in them. I've lived the joy of using my talents to help those less fortunate. Time and again, I've witnessed music help people either deal with or forget their woes, even for a short while. I've been the soundtrack as two lovers share the deepest gaze and the most meaningful of moments (a wedding of course... why do you ask? <grin>).
I've turned on a radio and heard my words coming back at me and felt the surreal feeling that ensues.
It's all been intoxicating in the purest of ways. Let's keep going... together.