Vince wrote:kwhelan wrote:he tells some story about recording "for the love of god" for record and playing it over and over for 2-3 days I think without sleep and just wasn't happy. Something about getting in the zone mentally so he fasted and stayed awake. Finally in frustration he turned the lights off played it once more then just left it and went to bed. That was supposedly the version that made the record.
So the takeaway is... a) sometimes great things are happy accidents and b) you can be Vai and spend your entire day practicing guitar over and over and... there'll still be people who say "Oh, that widdly widdly stuff... I don't like it!"
Which brings up another question... is it still genius if nobody likes it? Is genius in the eye or ear of the beholder?
Somewhere I've read Capote's comment on reading Kerouac's On The Road. He said "That's not writing, that's typing!"
To a lot of people. "widdly widdly music" is just scales played fast. Is it any better than a three-legged race? Very impressive but ultimately pointless? Or is there a benchmark for "yes, this is genius, not just hard work at something useless"?
My response to widely guitar is: Oh, I just don't care...Then I nudge Spotify to the next track. If it doesnt grab and hold your attention then I suppose it's meaningless.