Michael, please tell me you're not inflicting Charlie Ives on your family at Thanksgiving! At least not the atonal stuff. Are you a sadist?
But you got to hand it to Charlie. He wrote avant garde music a hundred years ago nobody wanted to hear but did he go on wlefare or demand government grants to support him? No. He went into business, built an insurance agency from the ground up (yes, he built that, not the government) and became legendary in the insurance industry and wrote his music on the side.