In JAPAN it seems clear from both what you’ve said and what Mick’s said that the majority of the time songs emerged from improvisation or jams (Mick wrote that he despised the word jam) but in the case of David’s solo work, post ‘Brilliant Trees’, which I remember reading David said was mostly jams-into-songs, say, a song like ‘Wave’, a song that to my ears sounds like song-first-jam-later, was it built that way? Yet its beat sounds like it started with you and so the familiar method continues?

I’ve never stated that JAPAN’s songs emerged from jams. The songs were almost entirely written by David, as in lyrics, vocals melodies and chord structures. The musical arrangements by the band then took those songs to another level, creating the band’s unique sound.

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