Paul Gilbert Forced Himself To Enjoy Writing
Paul Gilbert forced himself to enjoy the writing process for his new album Vibrato.
He decided to give himself a hard time after receiving advice from collaborator Neal Morse – and it worked.
Gilbert tells Music Radar: “One of my biggest inspirations came from a quick email exchange with Neal. I mentioned to him that I was getting ready to make a new album, and I was dreading the writing process.
“In the past that has always been my least-favourite part. I love to play, I love to record – writing is a chore.
“Neal wrote back and said something like, ‘Writing is me favourite part. I don’t have to worry about playing perfectly. I can just enjoy sketching out new music and ideas.’
“Just knowing one person can enjoy the writing process inspired me a lot. I decided to enjoy it too. It was a forceful decision – and it worked. I had a really good time.”
Gilbert says he didn’t have one big driving ambition in making Vibrato, although he did have a number of smaller ones.
“Some involved specific sounds,” he explains. “I also wanted to use some of the new chords I’d been working on. After 35 years I’m starting to get my head out of the harmonic sand and learning how to play over chord changes.”
And while he describes himself as “emotional” he doesn’t want to have any contact with the word “spiritual.”
He says: “I think it’s often used to loosely that no one knows what anyone means. Alarms starts going off in my literal brain. But if being ‘spiritual’ is like being ‘emotional’ but cranked up to 11, then, yes – music takes me there all the time. Every rock face that I make is connected to those wonderful emotions.”
Vibrato is released on October 15.