Fred: It's all about this moment that we have together right now. That's why every night that we play, I make sure that we swing for the fences.
Matt: I did not have any formal guitar education. I would listen to songs until they were so firmly locked in my head that I could hope that my fingers would find the right place on the guitar. And it was just trial and error. I started when I was eight and that's how I learned to play. I play completely by ear, which has been both a good thing and a bad thing. If I'm in a rock band and we're going to go do a show, or if I'm just sitting in with somebody, I can generally hop right into any kind of a situation. If somebody has got music and they're like, "Here are the charts. We need you to play exactly this. Three, two, one… go!" They're not going to get it.
Fred: Happiness isn't something that you can find outside of yourself. It's something you've got to find inside of who you are and bring that to the world around you.
To help get you in the spirit...
Brian: I have never had a bad show with this band. That's pretty amazing, because I have played with quite a few bands where there have been a lot of disasters. This one's just always fun.
Fred: A lot of the songs I write are basically notes to myself without me being conscious of it. It's very subconscious process. Sometimes I don't even realize it until after the fact. I'll look at a song and go, "Oh wow. I needed to hear that." Sometimes songwriting can be a pretty spiritual experience.
JTG - I'm a self-taught guitarist. I watch other guys. I'll just go up and say, "How did you do that?" There's a lick that I play every night in "Light It On Fire" towards the end. It's just a descending thing. I heard a guy playing that one day when I walked into the guitar shop by my house in New Orleans. I just heard him play that riff and I was like, "Whoa!" I walked up to him and said, "Can you show me… what did you just play?"
Fred: The human spirit is always trying to expand itself. It's always trying to express itself. It's always trying to free itself from self-imposed constraints or constraints imposed by others. The song "The Avenue" is about daring to have that imagination, that faith, and that tenacity to know that, not only will things get better, but I'm going to be a part of making them better.
There is the book "Man's Search For Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. He was a psychiatrist in Vienna during The Holocaust who was put in a concentration camp. One of the ways he dealt with it was by letting his imagination go and seeing himself enjoying a great life, seeing himself back as a successful psychiatrist after the war was over.
It gave him the strength and the fortitude to not only get through one of the worst situations humanly possible, but also to develop his life afterward. He credits his imagination and his faith to be two of the strongest components to help him get to the other side of that.
Santa Rob has a gift for all the little boys and girls out there in Cowboy Mouth Land! Merry Christmas to All!