Satriani: Well, probably for me, "Littleworth Lane." When I
decided to film that night, it didn't really cross my mind until I
got closer to the date that it was the one year anniversary of my
mother's passing away. And although leading up to it I thought I
put the grieving process in order in my mind, in my heart, but the
night before it all just came back. I was going to be in New York
the following night, which is where I'm from, and my
family was, and it was going to be my first show in New York
in my whole solo career that my mother wasn't gonna be at. And it
affected me more than I thought. So I wound up not sleeping the
night before and showing up at the venue a bit of a basket case.
It's an odd thing. When you are a performer of any kind and you are
carrying around some sort of extra emotional weight, I think you
sometimes put up a wall to protect yourself. So you wind up not
looking like you're troubled. You look almost the opposite. But, in
fact, there was a lot going on inside and it came out through the
performance. I can laugh at it now because it's something my mother
would laugh at. She had a great sense of humor. She loved show
business and she would have been the one pushing me onstage saying
the show must go on. Put all your feelings into your playing. So
that's what happened that night, and I remember right before I
played "Littleworth Lane" I wasn't even aware of what I said to the
audience but it made absolutely no sense. Because I thought,
whatever you do, do not tell people how you're really feeling. Then
you'll just break down and the whole show will stop. Let's just say
by the time I walked off stage I felt like an emotional wreck.
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