And we'd drink huge amounts of scotch and coke, which is a ghastly sweet drink... And now people don't drink nearly as much, for good reason. We're all a little wiser.
At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy.
I practice at home, in between phone calls, and have much to do.
This amateurism however, can sometimes be helpful in forging a style; you have to work around your weaknesses.
And I like messing around in the engine room of music. Seeing what happens in the rhythm section area.
But what I think my emphasis is, is on the fact that I like music a lot.
I didn't write any music at all, and then, I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying that there were two kinds of musicians: the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't.
I seldom play in a trio, but acoustic music is likely to be lighter, quicker, and quieter.
I saw it as a challenge to play with Pat and we put hours and hours into it, usually on the bus. The trick was to find something that we both wanted to play within our different styles which would add up to being greater than the sum of its parts.
Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind, Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise, all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.
I mean, Chris is, I'm sure, a wonderful guy. But in those days he also very, very late. For all appointments and departures and arrivals and sound checks and anything.
My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent at the hands of Steve Hamilton.