It’s really hard to make any one song really simple, because you have to really listen, and take the time to understand, and to see if it’s the right thing to do. I think what’s the most challenging part of guitar is figuring out which song suits what situation? Do you want to be a guitar solo in a rock song, or do you want to be a guitar solo in a gospel song? What’s the guitar solo for a pop song, or in a country song? What kind of song is it for a reggae song? It’s like it’d have to be really unique in the way that it’s set up — it’s kind of like, “Does the song actually fit the character or the vibe?” That was the most difficult challenge in being able to make these songs.
So it’d take a tremendous amount of patience and understanding to really make one song like that.
Exactly! I know I would love to have an album set of songs like that if we could ever get the chance. It’d be something really special. It’d be amazing to be able to play these songs live and get the reaction I’ve had to them in the past.
If you could play a song live, what song would it be?
“I Would Die 4 U”: Just because we have that chord progressions that sound so good when we play them live, it just makes a certain connection because of the way the record was made. [laughs] But I’d like to go with something from the ’60s because I think that would be fun to explore.
I can’t imagine playing all those classic guitar solos in an ’80s, modern rock band that was really interested in those songs.
Yeah, I’m going to go with something that would be a ’60s rock vibe, probably something new if we could get our hands on it.
Your songs are really about being in your personal world, even if you’re writing them as a concept album. They sound more like they’re from the era of John Coltrane or maybe even Charlie Parker. How did you approach that idea? How did you approach what is basically classic rock song structure and how does each one fit into that?
I was going to try to make fun of some of the old-school songs, which I would have done with the ’60s records. There were a couple of songs I was trying to reference — and make fun of them. I
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