I think, at least from what I'm interested in when I write a song, it's power and contrast in a song. I like the idea of being able to fill a song with really powerful, driving parts and also inject more tranquil parts and less knock-your-ass-out-of-the-water riffs. I like to put a lot of contrast into songs when we're composing.
...when I'm thinking about a song, it's written before I actually sit down with my guitar. I set out to do a certain thing with a song. Usually, I'll have an idea and I'll have tones in my head and a certain rhythm and a certain pattern and I'll sit down with my guitar and try to work that in, try to work it around my idea. Usually things change, things develop differently than what I had in my head. I think that's great because I think songs are already written and you just sort of get rid of the excess crap around them. You just try to narrow it down to the idea, to the bare bones of what you're really trying to do. If that makes any sense.
I think in a lot of ways it's 50/50. I think that after you create something, a song or a painting, I think it ceases to be yours in a lot of ways. It takes on a life of its own and it can do things that you never planned on and never intended. I think that artists struggle in their careers to understand what those things will be after they've completed the work, the way they'll affect the viewer, the way they'll affect the audience.
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