If only...

If only...

Dragondreams's picture



Liner Notes: 

This is probably the angriest guitar solo I've ever done...

A few folk over the years have asked how and where I get the ideas for my tunes. And my answer has always been "the feelings that memories stir within me". This is one of those at its most powerful (to me at least).

I spent quite a lot of time with my dad today.

My mother walked off the Earth 50 years ago.

She was his soulmate.

She was my mother.

We miss her.

We spent a lot of time talking about her today.

I hate cancer...

Tech note before I have to go out and walk to clear my head: all instruments except drums are my beloved Schecter Omen VI with the Roland GR20. It's an instrument that is an extension of my body and brain. It was the only instrument in my arsenal that could do justice to my mother's memory.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


katpiercemusic's picture

This is achingly beautiful. It manages to convey the passage of time and the loneliness. It’s really beautiful.

What a lovely tribute. This is beautiful, emotional playing.

The fact that you got all of the sounds on this apart from the drums out of a single guitar is amazing, even for a guitar synth nerd like me.

wobbie wobbit's picture

that is beautiful. i always love your sound and it is a privilege to hear something so heartfelt and expressive. the sudden stop seems poignantly apt, cut short. sad angry and emotional but a beautiful tribute. and sounds amazing.

mike skliar's picture

appropriately epic and commanding, love the way it builds from gentle to majestic.... great work!

airbagtester's picture

Despite the fact that I think you are -always- very expressive on guitar, bass, among other instruments, I think this is one of the more expressive guitar solos I've heard you play in a few years. It has the parts of a real, honest conversation where one gets maybe a bit choked up, or stops to take a breath mid-sentence, but also the singing, soaring parts too. It's also not the flashiest solo I have ever heard you play either - it sounds intensely focused. I like it very much.

The synth pad sounds are a good way of building up to it too I think. It pairs well with the solo guitar, and any other rhythm guitar track would have distracted.