The following essay is the start of a sporadic column about surviving the world as an artist. If you are enjoying reading these, please leave a comment or share. Sensitivity is required for art. Photographers and visual artists have a sensitivity to light that is fundamental to their work. Rimbaud, that visionary poet, remarked that a poet becomes a poet through a “systematic derangement of the senses”. Making music requires sensitivity to how slight tweaks in a track affect the overall perception of the piece.