JM: I've often thought to myself—I do this little game at home, I've never told anybody this, let alone you. I pretend I'm in a Guitar Center best guitar player competition. Like a blues competition. I don't do anything differently, you can't see anything, it's just in my head. And I pretend that I'm in an audition for some Guitar Center local, like best blues guitar player, and I judge myself, like could I win that? And a lot of times I'm like, Yeah maybe not. Would I win or would people be like, It's kind of derivative. Kind of doing Stevie Ray Vaughan. Like I'm open to all sorts of attack as a guitar player if you take the compositions away. You know what I mean?
But I really do play that game at home. Could I win—just the local, not even the semi-finals. The Townsend Maryland Guitar Center, super regional, best blues guitar player of the year award. Like, would it be apparent immediately? Or would people be like, oh he's playing pentatonic blues, he's always playing "Pride and Joy," isn't that something? So all of this really, if you add up the whole conversation, is about songwriting.