Something to take us up and away from all
the depressing aspects of the recession.
Yeah. All the negativism about a downturn.
A lot of it is just stuff the media seems to
feed on that doesn’t help a thing. It just
continues to sell newspapers and magazines
and attract people to websites. So they write
about the problem and they make the problem bigger. So I thought, “Hey everybody,
let’s lift up our chins, quit looking down at
our laptops and our cell phones. Look up to
the sky and get out of that.”
Ray assumes the power stance
onstage during McCartney’s Up
and Coming tour stop at the Time
Warner Cable Arena on July 28,
2010. Photo by MJ Kim
The record has a sunny, power-pop feel. Is
this style of music closest to your heart, or
is this part of a larger palette of influences?
When I write music these days, it’s very
much what you hear on This Way Up. It’s
more on the rock and power-pop/modern
rock side, through a classic-rock window
that’s somewhat rooted in American blues
and R&B. Deep in there, there’s swing and
soul that I was raised on as a little kid, but it
all comes through a guitar-attack approach
with modern-rock lyrics. That’s what I feel
when I write and play guitar.
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