Disc 2 (Trks 1, 6, "I Can Feel The Heat Closing In""Drifting Into Solitude""90 Degrees at 7 A.M."AP:
You were living in Joshua Tree at the time you started this
project. What was that like, working on this project there?
Obviously, the heat was a big factor in creating some of the tracks.…RG:
Living in Joshua Tree was very difficult. 122 degrees in the shade. I
only had a swamp cooler, no air conditioner. Both projects, “Easels” and
“Heat” were started there but later finished in Flagstaff. There
was no title for “Heat.” I left for AZ towards the end of June. My last
morning there, the U Haul was packed and ready to go. I woke up early
and hit the road around 4 A.M., and that’s when I noticed the sun coming up!
I took my last photograph of Joshua Tree which later not only became
the front cover, but the title followed soon after. I was desperate to
get out of there. Around 7 A.M., it started to get hot! Very hot!
That's when I wrote the title down while I was driving.
90 degrees at 7 A.M." I later matched the title with the music
which I composed in Flagstaff AZ. Things were cooler, and I was calmer.AP:
You've used the Rhodes keyboard sound as well as the acoustic piano
sound a lot over the years--and have made it your sound. When you're
working on a piece, what, if anything, makes you think in terms of
using one keyboard sound over the other, or combining the two as you've done on
Yes, I went back to my Harold/Garcia sound. Stacking the midi acoustic
with the Rhodes which I installed in my piano in Flag. It
was a new sound for me that no one has done and I’m still fine-tuning it to
this day. I've always done synth stacking but never with my acoustic,
because it was never MIDI’ed.