[Photo above by Ash Newell]
G: In the video trailer for ‘Transition’ you say the title of the albums reflects the transition of thought. Can you elaborate on that? What has changed in your life?
SL: Some tragic things like my Mom passing away on Father’s Day, my marriage breaking up, having a son in the middle of that, fired managers of 30+ years, and cleaned up mind body and soul. I’d quit drinking booze and smoking going on four years. I started working out, practicing A LOT and taking vocal lessons, got a shrink, and got to the bottom of my own head trips and anxiety. Heavy heavy stuff ALL at once, man.
I found my passion, my heart and soul and my love of life and playing music. It is so good to feel great again. 36 years on the road can make a man crazy.. It did me but now I love it all and appreciate more than I ever did. New lease on life and music and lyrics and vibe and playing reflect all that. I changed everything in my life..
G: When did you decide to start working on the new album? Were you aiming to try something new initially, or were you open to discovery?
SL: We went in cold and let it happen. No rules. Not trying to write a “hit” or whatever that even is. Just writing and recording stuff that we like and that felt good.
G: What’s your usual writing process like? Do you have a routine? Do you have certain rituals/habits that have become part of your discipline?
SL: No, CJ Vanston and I just started rolling the machine (So to speak. It was “Logic”) and we let it happen and it happened very quickly and organically.
Song a day was the quest. I worked hard on the lyrics and then some of the lyrics were co-written. CJ and I edited all of it at the end and that’s what we have. My son Trev, Randy Goodrum, Fee Waybill and Steve Weingart co-wrote with us as well.
G: How was writing and recording this album different than the last one in terms of working with CJ Vanston? How do you choose the people work with?
SL: We wrote a bunch of stuff for “All’s Well that Ends well” and CJ helped finish the mix and co-produce that one. For this one [Transition] I said “Let’s you and me do this top to bottom’. And that’s what we did.
G: How would you say your approach to playing the guitar has changed from your early days? What are you able to communicate better with your playing now that came with experience?
SL: I am not competing anymore. I lost myself between 2002-2009, my playing, my soul. SO much negativity and pain I didn’t even realize I was drowning in. But in life, sometimes people fall. I did, and in public. I am rather ashamed of some it.
Good news is, I have never felt better about everything in my life, the new record and all the amazing opportunities I have been blessed with. I have never felt so good and I am so thankful for a second shot at it.
I won’t fuck it up, I promise!