“One of the things that John gets into on the guitar is the grungy kind of fast, low notes. I always leave him alone in that regard because sometimes I can’t relate at first, but I always know that he’s up to something. It’s like an eternal night vibe – the guitar is basically growing. I’m like, ‘OK, go with it.’ That’s how the piece started out.
“We started to think of having these big choruses, ones that almost hug you. I was talking to John Myung about it, how some of the music we like has these huge openings where you’re like, ‘Wow, thank you!’ Before we went in to record, I was analyzing what it was about those parts that makes you feel like that, and it gave me some ideas for the chordings and harmonies that we chose.
“I think of The Enemy Inside as a really good Dream Theater song that has all of the elements in a really concise way: It’s got the hooky chorus; the grungy, metal-y guitar; and it also has the wacky keyboard stuff that I love to do. I like to offer some humor in the music. Sometimes there needs to be a bit of a smile in the middle of such drama.
“I know that I want to use a motif, a theme, a harmony, and I’m going to turn it around – it’s almost like variations. Years ago, in The Dance Of Eternity, I did a little honky-tonk bit. Everybody laughed and said, ‘Yeah, do it!’ So, not to repeat ourselves, but it’s nice to add a light, fun, happy touch when you can. The part that’s in Enemy isn’t ‘funny’ per se, but it takes you on a little journey for a while.”