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Sounds Like: James Hetfield, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Moody Blues, Valdy
Label: Magic Brew Productions
Manager: Jeff Gray
Bio: Jeff Gray is a rock guitarist influenced by KISS, Rush, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Stone Sour, Iron Maiden and Slipknot although you would never know it from his rock/folk stylings. Jeff has been writing original material since he picked up his 1st guitar back in 1976.
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Q: What do use for inspiration when writing a new song or can you describe the process?
A: Thanks for the question. Here's how I do it. First I pick up my Gibson Acoustic and I start playing. Usually very soon a pattern emerges that I like. I almost always start with the music first. I joke that my Gibson Songwriter channels through me...in some ways this is true. Most of my songs have come about that way. I willplay the guitar part until I am satisfied that its has good structure and is memorable. Then I usually start singing with the guitar part, most time this isnt with words but sounds or feeling but eventually a line or a phrase will surface. For instance in I am all I had was" I am a man with few secrets" Not sure where it came from but just fit the feeling of the melody. Once I have one line I build around it....later a chorus will come....I add it...when I am really ambitious I will add a bridge and I have to work really hard on those trying different combinations until I find something that is catchy and sets the song off AND leads me back to the main song....that can be hard sometimes. As you can see I rarely start with a theme then write music to fit. I am primarily a musician and perhaps this is why my tendency is in that direction. On other occasions I will simply look at the songs I have written and see that there may be many in the key of G or the key of D and I will start playing in a different key on purpose for variety. Aint No vampires came about that way writing in em7 and When it breaks in am7. I flirt with capos each time. I start normal then ll spin it and try on second fret etc until I find the key that works best for my vocal range. In your Eyes has two main guitar parts...one in D with no capo and one with the capo on the7th fret. phew.....you must be thinking why did I ask him this! lastly on occasional I will collaborate with someone else. Enemy of My Enemy came about this way. My firend and Author James M. Campbell had written a draft of a sequel to his novel "the House That Jack Built" and he share the first few chapters with
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