Do you feel an emotional connection to your music? When you write, do you try to convey your emotions via what you’re writing? These are questions I’ve been asking myself for the last 5 years or so. I’m 38 and have been playing in bands and writing music for over 20 years and found myself realizing one day, “This doesn’t feel like I feel.”, when listening to my own stuff. Lyrically, I’ve certainly touched on very personal subjects, but I never felt I was able to convey the actual emotions behind them when singing them. The songs I’d write would just be collections of shit I thought sounded cool, but didn’t really have any emotional intent behind them and as a result, I started to hear a lack of conviction in everything I did. Earlier this year, all that changed. Without getting into it, my life flipped upside down around this time and I wasn’t in the best spot, mentally. I found a Classic 50’s Strat for $300 on FB Marketplace and after setting it up, I played a really basic riff that I decided to record on my phone. The next day I sat down in my studio and this entire song fell out in about 20 minutes. I could barely keep up with tracking the parts because the ideas were flooding into my head so fast, so a lot of this is first takes. The lyrics/vocals are 95% improvised and most of them are first takes. I’ve written dozens of songs in my life but I’ve never been more proud of one than this one. It’s nothing like the usual Tool/Alice In Chains/Pantera stuff and I totally ripped off Floyd all over it, but the biggest thing is that it sounds exactly how I felt when I recorded it. https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/lonely-ocean-wshitbridge Is this something that crosses the mind of you or something you have worked to achieve, or found it something that came naturally?