There's definitely magic. The magic is what puts things together. Causes him to practice like hell, to invest in expensive hardware, find rooms with good acoustics, probably suffer through early years of musician's career (which sucks big time), etc.
Edited at 2011-05-08 01:49 am (UTC)
Well, what makes us do our jobs? Work overtime? Then come home and do more software engineering? Buy books on the subject? Learn all the time and improve? And so on and so forth. You may not have as lousy a pay as a programmer in your early years in the profession as a beginning musician, but I'd say what we do for a living is still a heck of a job.