I feel safe and comfortable to do that once I know that the song structure around the bass part is very interesting and it satisfies me in a compositional sense.
Then, once I have lyrics, being able to shape them around a song is nothing new for me, I've been doing that for 25 years. The soul searching part of it, the spontaneous part of it, that was, and remains, a really terrific process.
That is what intrigues me; songwriting and song structure and expression.
For me, how I feel about what I wrote down turns into a song.
I am moved more by melodies, song structure, and evocative textures.
Sometimes it's nice to have a song that can be taken more then one way, so it can be interpreted differently.
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.
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