Life doesn't make sense without it. Music kind of saved me when I was young. I still kling to that feeling. That music can cure you from being lonely and desperate. It's one of the most positive things life has to offer.
Being able to make music as long as possible.
Get rid of plastic to start with.
O there are so many. To name a few: Troggs - From Home. Stranglers - Burning up time. Joy Division - Heart and Soul. New Order - The Him. Killing Joke - The Requiem. Rolling Stones - We love you.
My Bloody Valentine very much inspired me. As did the early Jesus and Mary Chain, Pixies and Wire. I'm a big fan of The Fall also. Cocteau Twins, Early Lilys, Swirlies. Glenn Branca. Sonic youth. You got the picture. Nowadays I play a lot of Oh Sees. But I also like classical music, opera and ambient.
Life, I suppose.
I don't think music needs to have a message. It is communication in itself.
Nervous and sometimes uplifted.
It's a good thing it has become so much easier to get in touch with a lot of music and musicians. It's a bad thing it has become extremely difficult to make a living out of music made with other intentions than being commercially successful.
A great way to connect and get to know music you wouldn't run into another way.
Let's not go into my frustrations :-)
Go see a lot
Being serious about what you're doing. Even if your music is meant as a joke. Be serious in making the joke the way you think it should be.