iN75 Magazine Interview
Eric. Hello and thank you for taking time to do this interview with iN75.
1. How did “Trajectories” come to be and how has your audience responded to it so far? “As I’ve done for the last 45 years of playing guitar, I am constantly digging for new sounds. The ten new instrumentals just kept coming and culminated into “Trajectories”, released in August 2009. The pieces are diverse, as I like jazz, classical and rock all equally. So, I’ve got a power trio on a couple of tracks, then solo, the pieces are on classical guitar, steel string guitar and harp-guitar.”
2. What is it like to introduce new material to audiences? Also, how to do you think Trajectories fits in with the rest of your music, original or cover? “I like to constantly do new pieces. I feel that many people wouldn’t “get” the advant-garde original pieces I compose, so I do cover songs the audience would know, but with my arrangements of them. I like to entertain people and want them to be edified. I think “Trajectories” is a natural progression for me and fits perfectly with all the other albums I’ve done the last thirty years.”
3. Do you have a personal favorite off the new album? Why is it your favorite?
“It’s difficult to pick a favorite of your own compositions. They are like your children. Some are jazz, classical, advant-garde, rock/fusion, but I like them all equally.”
4. I know Christ plays a major role in your life. How does the Man Upstairs coexist with your music? “Like many players who meet Jesus Christ, get saved and are born again, I struggled initially what to do. Do I give up playing and go to Africa and preach? I feel “whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto The Lord.”, so I continue to gig profusely, meeting people and teaching guitar, which I’ve done for thirty years and I love both. I appreciate my mechanic, my trash man and everyone. We all help one another. Everything you do should be with faith, love and service. That makes life fun and satisfying.”
5. I remember you telling me that Spy Jive (your song) was written because of your love of spy movies. What motivated your song writing for Trajectories?
“I love finding out about the origin and inspiration behind songs (and books/movies, etc.). Some songs are very directly inspired by an event, personal meeting, seeing a film, etc. On “Trajectories”, “Spastic Yo-Yo” was inspired by Willie Porter. “Apogee Impulse” was inspired by reading the biography on my favorite player, Lenny Breau. “Ruins Arise” was inspired by a friend/student, Ian Stukenborg, who played me a classical piece he’d just learned. “Jazz For Chris A.” was a lesson study for my pal, the photographer/author, Chris Armold.”
6. All music aside, what’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?
“I love a good movie, but rarely ever see any. I don’t know any of the current actors or actresses. I’m sure there are a few great movies, but I’m always teaching or gigging.”
7. When you’re not playing music, or practicing, what does Eric Loy enjoy most. What is the perfect day for you? “I enjoy doing repairs and maintenance on the farm here and keep up the work my father did. I painted the house last summer.”
8. I once read that during the Great Depression that one of the most prosperous trades was entertainment – specifically music. Are you finding more people looking for a good show at a low cost? Or, better yet, how do you try to help people smile, even if times are tough? “I think people do love and need a respite from their troubles and sometimes, someone may be moved, inspired and edified by music, a film, a book. I pray that happens as I play. It may sound corny or melodramatic, but it’s true. Music can heal people’s troubled minds and souls. Ultimately, of course they need to personally know their Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
9. I know you just played at the coffee house in Tipp City and will be
at the Winery at Versailles in the coming weeks. Are you leaning towards
smaller venues these days? Why are you choosing the venues on your schedule?
“I’ve got a new batch of compositions even since “Trajectories”, so I’m always working on new things. Also, I want to do a ‘cover song’ album. I have tons of more video footage to post/release of originals and covers. I’m always looking to book new venues, too.”
Thanks again for taking time and I look forward to seeing you perform very soon.
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