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TOOL's Maynard James Keenan Discusses Odd Time Signatures With Sammy Hagar

Posted by on July 3, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will be featured on the upcoming episode of AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar. In a teaser below, you can watch Keenan discuss how running affected his enjoyment of and ability to write in odd time signatures.

“I remember running cross-country in high school, and everybody has their own breathing rhythms, right? It’s just supposed to be in-out, right? I was actually running to the [footsteps]. So, if you’re going over hills, or down hills, or in chuck-holes, or whatever, my breath would follow those rhythms, which is weird.

But you know then I would have remix tapes of some of my favorites songs… AC/DC… Odd time signature stuff. There’s some Joni Mitchell that’s crazy time signatures… She’s singing on the up, she’s singing on the down and that was kind of like the running. You’re kind of following some of that… So, just naturally it’s easier for me to write to things that are outside four-four.”

The episode will air July 7.

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