There was a time when fast playing and fretboard pyrotechnics on the bass were important to me and when I am recording a bass track, that is still very important to me.
Music is all about wanting to be better at it.
Invisible airwaves crackle with life Bright antennae bristle with the energy Emotional feedback on a timeless wavelength Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free
And the meek shall inherit the earth.
I have such an extreme attitude about work, where I can just completely be derelict of my responsibilities and then when I am not derelict, I am completely indulged in it. I swing pretty wildly from the two extremes.
I guess, we were people who just dedicated to trying to get better.
For me, there is a lot of room for improvement and there are a lot of things I would like to be better at.
I'm a big believer of daylight in the studio.
With me, satisfaction is always very fleeting with our work. I always get a little restless with it.
Sometimes it's nice to have a song that can be taken more then one way, so it can be interpreted differently.
I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out.
I like to practice on the bass, but I don't do it as often as I should.
I have always felt I was more accurately a Hard Rock musician.
I love to write. It's my first love.
I worry about my voice 24/7 when I'm on tour. It's like a pitcher and his arm. It's constantly the thing that my whole life revolves around.
My emotions are very simple and always have been about the Hall of Fame. It's something that I had absolutely nothing to do with and had no control over, so I never thought much about it, to be frank.
That is what intrigues me; songwriting and song structure and expression.
I was taking piano lessons with a very good piano instructor in Toronto, and I'm afraid due to my schedule and discipline, it kind of fell apart. One thing lead to another and I was unable to practice as much as I wanted to.
I like to be able to come and go as I please, and I don't really like having my face and name plastered around. I think it's a bit weird to have your name plastered on every page in a magazine, where in each case you're using a different piece of equipment.
But, I would be naive not to recognize the number of musicians who tell me they have been influenced by me and sight me - as well as Alex and Neil - as a musician who has been a positive influence on their playing.
I do love using keyboards and I love writing keyboard parts, but I am not a player in the true sense of the word.
Some writing and production projects will be a great way to spend my elderly rock years.
I feel a little uncomfortable about endorsements.
I can't remember the first song I learned to play on bass, but the first song I learned to play on guitar was 'For Your Love' by the Yardbirds. That kind of was the beginning for me. I thought it was a great song and I loved the open chord progression at the beginning of that song.
I would like to think that Ben and myself have begun a partnership that will take us into different areas of music that we can continue to write, enjoy and keep me involved with music other then what I do with RUSH.
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