When I wrote So There Rag, it was during a time when I was attending piano playing ragtime events. I realized that there were players and listeners. It seems those that listened felt and acted like experts (but not...).
The listening experts very freely told the players and composers what should and shouldn't be! So, I had to write this piece as a way of saying I, and hopefully others, would write and play as they found musically rewarding - So There!
Many years later when I attended Music Theory courses, I found the musicians extremely considerate and supportive of one another regardless of ability, interest and musical expression. Of course I'm sure this isn't 100% the case, but it was a lesson in having supportive folks around if you want to be creative!