I'm never amazed at my own work, probably because I know exactly how it was done. There is magic in wondering how other people achieved their work. On the other hand, i find it's a quite toxic exercise to want to amaze myself. Why would anybody showboat their way to self-hypnosis?
I often quote stuff from The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. It didn't get raving reviews but the score was very interesting, Nick Nolte's play was convincing IMHO and it delivers great life lessons. I'm particularly fond of this one...
Congratulations! You have just been admitted in the prestigious "Synth Programmer in Seconds" program. This college-level course consists of two fundamental steps: 1. Learning the three pillars of synthesizer architecture 2. Learning to find the pillar on any synthesizer
This is my first attempt to reverse-engineer the past 30 years of learning, so don't judge me (too much). My greatest wish is to guide computer music beginners through a set of hoops that makes learning this complex science manageable.
A good song starts with a simple, effective musical idea. A memorable melody. A good chord progression. A unique drum pattern. Whatever it is, it needs to work standalone. It needs to work played on an acoustic piano, a solo guitar or a complex synth patch.
There is no way to tap into "pure inspiration" every single day. At least, not from a commercial standpoint. When most pieces of music you write need to satisfy someone outside of yourself, you need a method or technique to circumvent the lack of creative spark.