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“That’s a wild riff. CJ came up with it initially. I brought in Steve Weingart that day to do keyboards, and I said, ‘All right, we’re going to write the extravaganza,’ even though I didn’t have note one. But I knew I wanted something cool and melodic so that we wouldn’t have to call the jazz police on ourselves.
“We ended up writing it backwards. We came up with these really beautifully changes, a little Jeff Beck-ish-type intro and a recurring theme, not unlike all the prog records I loved from the ‘70s. Groups like Yes would have a really cool riff, and then it would get soft; then you'd have an acoustic drift in, and then, finally, you get the vocal. I love that! There’s a Pink Floyd-esque kind of a solo section in this song – Weingart did a killer job on that.
“I brought Tal Wilkenfeld in on bass. I met her through Trev. She’s like one of the family now. I call her ‘number five’ – she’s the fifth child. What a brilliant player. She was in and out in, like, 20 minutes. We played her the track one time, and she said, ‘OK, I know what to play.’ She did some really wicked stuff, the kinds of things I never would have thought of.”