Boy, oh boy. Sometimes a song is difficult to describe. When I was composing this one in particular, I simply let it take me wherever it wanted to go. Its birth was a humble one; just me playing around with the old piano, tapping out a few simple notes at a very slow tempo, and before long, I could hear an acoustic guitar whispering that it would sound lovely if it were finger-picked alongside that slow, soft piano. Never one to ignore an acoustic guitar, I happily obliged, and in it came. Unfortunately, another acoustic guitar overheard the conversation and wanted in on the action, too. ‘Fair enough’, I thought. In it went. It became the strummed rhythm guitar for the song. As I’m listening to these three fellas playing together, I decided I had to go further. I needed to explore this piece, to find what it needed to bring it alive and make it breathe. As it turns out, it also called for a drum kit, a bass, a subtle string section, and even a lead played by a Strat who simply wasn’t going to miss out on this song! I had to compromise with him, however. You see, Mr. Strat is tough to slow down (he’s a big metal head), so I allowed him to plug into his full-stack with huge gain and some distortion if he agreed to keep it slow. No crazy sweep-picking! He agreed and added a wonderful, touching solo to “After The Storm”.
I think that in the end, what I’ve created is a song that speaks of troubles being left behind. Of worries and concerns that have been sorted out. Of a brighter tomorrow, if you will.
Sally forth… and as always,