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“This was one of the newer songs, one of the last songs we wrote for the record actually and again it came out of a very good jam that Alex and I had. We did this jam session, just the two of us, in the middle of the Time Machine tour when we were on a break.
“I made a rule thirty-five years ago never jam with Alex without a tape recorder. I recorded all these things, then we kinda forgot about it and then in the fall of 2011 when we were earnestly trying to finish the record we got off to a very slow start.
“One of those jam sessions I looked into ended up becoming Headlong Flight, and the other one was the opening riff to Carnies. It just has a different feel for us, kinda slow heavy riff with me playing counterpoint to what Alex is playing.
“Everybody gets stuck once in a while and it’s not so much being stuck as you’re just kind of in the doldrums. I think it’s important to write everyday but not everyday you’re gonna write anything worth keeping and these recorded jams just helps you get through that."