We often say, ‘where words fail music speaks’. Art forms exist to compensate for the limitation that language provides. Does that mean when we get better at articulating our emotions, we tend to rely on art and music less? Well, I guess so.
When I was in undergrad, and I had just got my first full-time job, I was at that stage of life (18 - 24 years old adult) where I had encountered a plethora of emotions such as friendships, love, financial mismanagement, identity crisis, conflicts with parents, and so on. I was an emotional and mental mess.
Adolescence is a confused phase of life that can help you make better art. Precisely why college students seek out for more new music to listen as they find solace in the most confused stage of their lives. The quality of music we make could depend on our age and at what phase of life we are in.
Another factor is the place you live in. Residing in a crowded metro in a highly populated third world nation means you are regularly exposed to pain and sufferings of people around you. All these can serve as an inspiration to make art.
Personally speaking, since I started blogging the urge for singing and making music for expressing myself has reduced. I still do my daily 'riyaz' as a way to keep my voice and knowledge sharp but, the throbbing need has definitely reduced. Maybe as our command over the language improves, we find lesser need to express ourselves through music and other art forms unless of course, it's a source of livelihood for us.