I'm a guy who writes songs...
There's something about the form. The way words, imagery, emotions, sound, and rhythm work to create a little self-contained experience. I like to record my songs, but it takes me a long time. I like to play them live for people too, with my musician friends and co-conspirators. I've done some cool stuff over the years: worked with producers, engineers, and players who have worked with the best... played some good clubs, in different parts of the country... opened for important and inspiring performers... had my songs played on college radio and music sites.
Music is the way I express myself because that's the culture I came up in. Sometimes I think that if I'd been born at the end of the 19th century, I would've been a painter. That's what was happening then. Or, if it'd been the first half of 20th century, I'd try my hand at prose -- when the novel was king. But given that I'm from the latter half of the 20th century, popular music and film were the mediums that inspired me, and a lot of people around me.
The whole "three chords and the truth" thing. That's the language that artists in my life time have used to express themselves, and shake things up. So that's why when those ephemeral moments come, I reach for a guitar and open my mouth. If I'm lucky, the songs come out.