“The solo is very much of a Keith Emerson Lucky Man-ish type of sound. We were working on the song – John Petrucci was doing some chords and some other nice things – and I poked my head in and said, ‘Hey, how about a cool keyboard lead?’ Because it was going the other way for a bit, a little more acoustic, so I thought that maybe we should make a more Dream Theater-like.
“At first, I don’t know if he was that into it [laughs], but he thought about it and finally said, ‘OK, let’s give it a try.’ What was funny about that lead is, I didn’t really have anything planned. I just said, ‘Let me wail away on something here,’ and that’s the solo that’s on the album! I just winged it, looking at the chords, working through the changes but thinking that it was just a rough. Every time we played it back, though, the guys all thought it was the keeper.
“As a synthesist in a rock band, there’s a few sound choices I could pick from. There’s a ‘Jordan’-type lead, that burning wild thing that I do, or I could pick up my Geo Synthesizer. But I decided to go for a classic lead sound, a very open Square Wave with a bunch of echo – totally Lucky Man. For me to do a little tip of the hat to my hero, Mr. Keith Emerson, feels very cool.”