« on: March 27, 2015, 03:31:01 PM »
Disc 1 (Trks 8, 9)
"Room Full of Easels"
AP: Did you have a concept for the album after "Gatekeeper" to get
back into more rhythmic/electronic stuff, or just to do a blending of
all your various styles--ambient, electronic, piano, etc.
RG: Exactly that. A combination of different musical styles which I love
so much, and the piano will always make its way in there somewhere.
Like Stephen Hill said in one of his shows, “the piano is always queen."
AP: Where did the title "Paperback Sex" come from? This is the first
time you worked with Jeff Pearce. There were some nice backwards
guitar manipulations on that one that you told me you actually dubbed
to reel-to-reel and flipped the tape over, and got lucky. Nice strong
rhythmic track with heavy bass line, too.
RG: When you go to a book store, or Walgreens, Walmart, supermarket etc.,
you'll always see a rack or two loaded with paperbacks intended to lure
in potential female buyers, and usually it has to do with sex! Who's
doing who! Who's naughty or nice, etc, etc. I promised myself I would
compose something someday with the title "Paperback Sex". So there you
AP: Talk a little about the cover of the album and how all that came
RG: In the late 80's, I did a concert at USC Irvine. It was for an art
show opening . As I was rolling in my arsenal of equipment down the
hallway, the art gallery caught my eye. This must be the place!
Someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, "you’re not performing
here. You belong at the room across the hallway.” It was a huge
room full of easels! I had to move all the easels in
order to set up and perform. I didn't realize that a picture of all those
easels would have been a great cover. Later down the road after I
moved to Arizona, Daniel Lentz helped me get permission to take some
pictures at the ASU art class which was filled with these huge easels
and different artwork from the students. This was perfect, and I never
forgot that title. It was always in the back of my mind. Someday, I
The title was the inspiration for the whole project. In fact, I loved
the title so much that the music just rolled off my fingers.