Wow what a privilege!
First of all thanks for all the great music past and present. It must be a truly awesome feeling to have your music spread around the world and provide so much for so many. You saw monetary reward (at least you better have!)…but I’m sure it pales.
RF: It really is a great feeling to know at any given moment, thousands of people are hearing my guitar playing.
Yes, the money has been good. The nice thing is it frees up time so I can keep working on art.
I grew up on Vancouver Island as a kid in the 70’s and your band’s music was so on that soundtrack. Barracuda blasting out the carny’s stereo speakers as I spun pulling 3g’s on the Gravitron at the fall fair…oh ya. And then the other day my 12 year old — the same age I was then — cranks up the volume when that same tune drifts out of my car radio…what a cool song Dad! Oh ya son — tres cool. We rock out.
Thanks for helping make those moments.
RF: It’s amazing – the magic behind music… how it is capable of bringing memories of places, events, and feelings. One of my favorite all-time songs is Beyond The Sea by Bobby Darin. It was one of my brother, sister, and my “ocean songs.” When we would go to the ocean as kids each summer, certain songs were pure magic for us.
You’ve been like this enigma for me. Your tone and choice of notes is so distinct..a true signature sound…brilliant and beautiful. And at the same time so intimidating and aggressive to me both musically (I play a bit) and as a personality — like this guy sounds like he could be one intense mf…back then
RF: Ever since childhood people have told me I’m crazy. I think it’s because I’m enigmatic – which to me means I know the wisdom behind my craziness and choose not to hide it like most people – creating the mystery in people’s minds, “Wow, he sure is different from other people.” To me, it’s important to recognize and embrace the differences and wackiness and let it come through in one’s signature style.
Now I read your post from a few days ago about going to the desert (metaphorically speaking) as a very young man and making this really deep spiritual choice..at the cross roads so to speak. And a part of me goes holy shit…here it is in the raw — that once again it seems this sound and creativity really does spark from something somewhere deep within each one of us — as we all know it does…or think we do…maybe 🙂 But if nothing else, here’s someone who has made it his life’s work to throw this whatever-it-is out there for the rest of us to behold…as art…in the best way that he can. It’s just great you can share that Roger…it really is…especially when it is so deeply personal. I just wanted to thank you for doing that as it has answered something for me…which is also pretty fucking personal! lol
RF: Hundreds of feet underground, running through France and Switzerland, is a circular, 17-mile-long tunnel containing a particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider. One of its purposes is to identify something called the God particle – something which, after it occurs, lasts less than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second. This particle is named thus because it is believed to exist, but no one has ever seen it.
If you ask a major artist where and how they get the inspiration that makes them create greatness, they won’t be able to tell you. It’s the God particle.
I watch recent youtube clips of you today and you’re like this totally different guy. Happy, laughing…a cool cat…in a good way. And I wonder how and when (and if!) this shift occurred. And I wonder how a shift like that might affect one’s art…if at all…? And I wonder if a part of you felt denied by choosing the path you did so early in your life’s journey.
RF: Generally, I’ve always been happy, so there has been no real shift. My art has certainly shifted, but the source of creativity is the same. There have been times when I’ve observed, “This sure isn’t a holy path… or enlightening… or healthy,” but I don’t regret going this route. It makes for a good story 🙂
ps – early Heart vid’s show this funky symbol on the drum kit — what’s the deal?
RF: I’ll ask Derosier its significance. The answer could take a while to get up here.