For My Sunday Song #77, I am going with one of my favorite songs by Joe Satriani called “I Believe”. The song is off one of his best albums called ‘Flying in a Blue Dream’ from 1989. Joe is known for his guitar playing and making it sing. Well for this song, Joe is actually singing. One of the very few songs he has ever done that on which was the first reason I was drawn to this song. It was nice to hear him sing.
The song is a ballad and a much slower pace than you are used to getting from him. I was enthralled by the dark tone to the song and even the dark lyrics. The lyrics discussed how hard life is, but it is inspiring to as it was still filled with so much hope. I will let Joe tell it better from an interview he did with Songfacts.com…
“It was a difficult period in my life, where my father was in the process of passing away, and I was struggling with finishing up the Flying in a Blue Dream record. I was actually writing other songs that were instrumental pieces for the album. I’d be taking breaks during those periods, and I’d pick up the acoustic guitar and would start playing music.
There was a big painting in our apartment that a friend of my wife’s had done. She had worked my wife’s face into this figure, and I used to look at that quite a bit when I would take breaks from working on the album. So I wrote a song really about how difficult life is, but how ultimately, you have hope and you can change things for the better. It was really about writing that song and looking at that picture.”