“This intersects with Chickenfoot, the Live In Paris set, and then there was The Essential Joe Satriani. With that, I was actually feeling like, ‘Wow, I have actually done a ton of work.’
“Leading up to this record, my mom passed away. So there was a lot of intensity with life happening around the album, but I guess I held onto a couple of things that I felt were really important, which was the relaxing of what I thought I could get away with compositionally. I was really interested in making sure that we had these big, fat, comfortable grooves – Dream Song, Two Sides To Every Story and Wind In The Trees.
“I was very cued into Jeff Campitelli. There are a lot of things that are so unique to his style of drumming, and I really wanted to capitalize on them. I was also very careful about making sure that we had time to craft the record. It was a new band – Allen Whitman [bass] and Mike Keneally. I've known Allen forever. He was in a couple of bands when Jeff and I were in The Squares, and we used to do a lot of gigs together in the clubs. It was really great to put those guys together with Mike because Mike is just so different from them.
“Because of Chickenfoot, I’m getting more into this idea of recording live with other musicians, but there are still certain things that I couldn’t do unless I had the luxury of working alone, without anybody bugging me and pulling me in one direction or another. It's a balance.”