Back to New York for "Night and Day II"
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to me, because its the kind of stupid thing people say, Jackson
replies with a laugh. I thought it was appropriate, and it works
for me, and I think I am entitled. Its my music. I think Im
allowed to quote myself. Its not as if Ive done 20 albums
that are all the same. I have never quoted myself before, but I think
its really appropriate musically and thematically, and because Ive
paid my dues. Ive been doing this for 20 years, and if I want to
quote myself, Im allowed.
The idea for the spin-off
project didnt come to Jackson until he was ensconcsed in the creating
of this current record. It started to evolve very loosely as a project
about New York City, because Ive been here for quite a long time,
and I had so many observations of characters and situations that I wanted
to write about. Its been building up in the back of my mind, I suppose.
Usually, if there is an overall concept to an album I do, it takes shape
as I go along. I dont really start off with a concept. It was the
same thing with Heaven and Hell. It started with certain ideas and then
grew. Somewhere along the line, I start to see the shape of it more, and
that starts to influence how I work. In this case, once I had two or three
of the songs written, I started to think of it as 24 hours in New York
City from the point of view of several different characters. The idea
of calling it Night and Day II really came a lot later. In fact, I wasnt
sure it was a great idea, to be honest. The title sets me up for comparisons
that may or may not be helpful.