Joe Satriani recently stopped by Rolling Stone’s New York City office, where he agreed to test his creativity with a little guitar solo–word association drill.
Satch came up with impromptu solos in response to common words—“pizza,” “kitten”—and deep concepts—“the meaning of life.”
The exercise is enlightening to watch—and it was apparently so for Joe to perform. After playing some legato licks to approximate “the meaning of life,” he surprised himself.
"That was a weird one," he said.