Mike Baron gets a few questions in with BRYAN SCARY!!!!
MB: I take it your main ax is the piano. How and when did you start training?
BS: I started playing when I was seven. I took pretty casual lessons at first. There was a one year period where I took serious jazz and classical lessons, and many of my so-called chops were learned that year. But a great deal of my playing is self-taught.
MB: Do you compose on piano?
BS: I compose most of my songs on piano. Sometimes I'll use a guitar. I write differently on different instruments, and since I'm considerably more limited on guitar, guitar songs tend to come out simpler. Which can be a good thing! Not usually though.
MB: Whydja form the band?
BS: I formed the band to play shows, but also because I'm not particularly interested in being a solo artist. The first record was essentially an elaborate demo created to find like-minded musicians and start this band. The fact that the band uses my name actually makes me uncomfortable, but that's the way the cookie crumbled.
MB: What’s “Take a Stab at the Sun” about?
BS: It's about a mass suicide! But it's not necessarily as simple as that. I like to leave a lot up to the listener, as far as lyrics go. The final steps taken by a listener to complete the song's meaning let the lyrics take on hundreds of meanings, all related to but distinct from the one I intended.
MB: What’s “Bottom of the Grave” about?
BS: "Bottom of the Grave" is sung by a man to an ex-lover who died in an automobile accident of some sort. It's a pretty straight-forward lyric, but I hint at some details about their troubled past relationship. There's also the possibility that this man may not be quite right upstairs...
MB: Are you really playing Madison?
BS: We ARE playing Madison. I think the website is either incorrect or not updated yet. We're TRYING to play Denver and finding it hard to book, so stay tuned.
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