Words matter. These are the best Mike Gordon Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
A lot of the great songwriters in history have been collaborators, with a separate lyricist.
Lately Fish and I have been hooking up more, which is a good thing because it’s just been a struggle for me as a bass player to play with someone who’s so creative on the drums, and lately it’s been really good, especially during sound checks.
I’m not really satisfied with anything I have written to date.
This is my second bass that Paul built me. There were some changes that were made. Sometimes I think of changes that could be made having to do with both the sound and the feel. It’s definitely a beautiful instrument.
I feel like I want to write some songs and I don’t know how to go about doing it. Usually it’s the lyrics that are a problem, and I think I am not really cut out to be a lyricist.
I want to take some jams and really concentrate on hooking up with Page because, since he’s the only one not next to me, and his sound is mainly coming from my monitor rather than through the air, it’s a little harder for me to hook up with him.
The way that we imitate each others’ riffs is something that other bands don’t do as much. If we’re jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that.
I’m always interested in mixing technology and music. You know, maybe I’ll have a MIDI bass pickup at some point, I don’t really think that’s the direction I would want to go.
I agree with the rest of the band, that a truly synthesized sound isn’t really what I would want to go for.
The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.
Travelling to different countries is a goal. I wouldn’t mind playing huge places if we got an opportunity to, but it’s nice to play small places too. Fish was saying yesterday that he doesn’t ever want to play stadiums, or maybe he would once, he said.
Elektra has no control over the live show, at least.
If part of the purpose of making an album is to get some radio play, then you might as well think about that. But that’s not really how we picked the songs.
Surrender to the flow.
I want to get an handful of spare basses to use first of all if mine breaks, and second, to learn some things about aspects of basses that I like, so Paul can build those aspects into it.
Last tour my bass rig was breaking down every other night. That was a pain. We would get on stage and Trey would count off the song, and I’d play the first note and nothing would be there. Those guys would just roll their eyes.
There’s no way we could play a country song as well as a country band or a Latin song as well as a Latin band. We could never expect to do that. We just keep doing what we do, what we know how to do. We sound like ourselves.
I like to be sort of grounded with Fish. But, at the same time, I think probably what’s unique about us is the way other dynamics happen, where I’ll play off Trey for awhile. When we start playing a jam, I don’t usually know what’s going to happen, I don’t have a plan.
We have been trying to play a lot of different kinds of music, and probably the next album will go back more towards the direction where you couldn’t classify each song as a certain kind of music. This album you can.