kendick-lemeaux asked: favorite late 80s hardcore punk rock album?
During the late 80s I was not listening to a lot of punk. I got back into it during the early 90s - the Man Is the Bastard/Born Against split 8” lit a fire under me. I do not have a favorite late 80s punk rock album.
goshdiddlydarnthesevampires asked: Hey John, how do you go about constructing a melody for a song?
I ad-lib over chords. Sometimes I’ll articulate chords on the piano and improvise a little with my right hand to find an interesting melody, the opening melodic line of “In Memory of Satan” came about this way. I think I’ve progressed a lot melodically over the past two albums, it was a goal I set for myself a few years ago; it’s an area I’m always looking to understand better. Playing jazz on piano really helps me get a richer sense of melody, esp. learning Duke Ellington tunes, also Rodgers & Hart.