Ben Sesar (drummer for Brad Paisley): My motto is “Prepare before. Enjoy during. Analyze after.” You can't get any of those steps confused or you're done.
Luckily I have a very good ability when I am playing to be in the moment and I am letting it go. Sometimes I'll take note of things. That's how I know I've got to improve stuff. And of course we all have days where we just can't get out of our head.
But when I sit down to play, I'm looking to feel something. I'm looking to forget everything and go only on feeling. Like when I was a kid. I didn't know, conceptually, anything when I was playing as a kid. I went only on feeling.
But all of the deep level that I try to take, that is either the preparation before or the analyzing after.
Cris: You just like it lurking in your subconscious.
Ben: Yeah, that's the whole point. Because it is about music. It's not about technique.