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Hi,

I don't really have a question. Just more of a statement. My dad, from the time I was born, had me listening to ELP. I will never forget watching his face completely change when he would listen to your music. I've never seen someone love something so much. ELP was all he talked about, he showed your videos and music to everyone he met. There wasn't a bigger fan than him. 

As I mentioned, I grew up listening to ELP. My dad was not an emotional guy, he never expressed feelings, and we never really had a very close relationship. But every night, he would put on "Watching Over You" and sing along before I went to bed. Listening to that song as a very young child, I felt safe and so loved and cared for.

Unfortunately, my dad had terminal bone cancer. He suffered and fought for 13 years, and I believe alot of what kept him going, being at home alone all day every day, was being able to listen to his favorite band and relate to the music on a level I don't think anyone else could. 

This past October, he passed away. At his funeral, I spoke of him and shared with everyone how special "Watching Over You" was for him and I. We then played the song as he was carried out, and that's what he always said he wanted. So that I would know that he really was watching over me.

Now, I can barely listen to the song because I get too emotional, but I really wanted to say thank you for giving my dad a way to communicate his love for me. Also to thank you for keeping him positive and giving him something to be so passionate about throughout his life. It will stay with me forever, and I couldn't be happier to support ELP in any way I can. 

Thanks again, from his (not so) little girl

Answer

To the (not so little) girl. 

 

Thank you very much for your very moving message  I am very honoured that one of my songs meant so much to your Father. This means more to me than any any chart success or financial reward. Please do not feel sad when you hear the song as I am sure that your Father found peace in it and I am equally sure that he would want you to share that same peace that he found. 

 

Please know when you hear the song again that all is well and I am sure your Father wants you to be happy. 

 

Best

Greg.

2-Aug-2012

 
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Greg, My Uncle worked for the Limo company that drove ELP for these two shows, his boss got us backstage passes as well as tickets. This night when I met you, Keith, and Carl (now 14 years old and in the 8th grade) is the strongest memory I have of any concerts I was at in my young life. Greg, you said something to me that night that inspired me for the rest of my life, as you signed my drawings I made of Brain Salad Surgery Album cover, you asked me, "you want to be an artist\", I responded, \"No I do it for fun, but I play guitar, and thats what I want to do". You then asked me," who are your heros (or who was I into, something of that nature), I told you" Jimmy Page, You (Greg), and Richie Sambora." You responded,"well when you make music, do it from your heart and you wont go wrong". Well here I am 33 years old, have been endorsed by several manufacturers, my band has made music for movies, and I officially live off of playing my music, of which still comes from my heart. Anywho, my point was Thank you for the inspiration you gave me that night, since then music has been my nonstop focus, and making myself a better musician. Hopefully I can catch you here in Clearwater, FL on the 30th. ( I also posted this as a comment to the Radio City Music Hall show Feb. 3, 1993, I just copy an pasted it)

Answer

 

I wish you had left your name because I always like to respond personally, but in any case I am so glad things worked out well for you. I think it is true in almost anything you do that if you give of yourself and do it with passion then success is almost always the result.

 

Best

Greg.

2-Aug-2012

 

 
Question

Greg, I have been a fan for years...your music is such an inspiration to me! I would like to know if you are going to film any of your Songs of a Lifetime tour concerts for a DVD that your fans can purchase that did not get to see you in person?

Answer

I do believe we are going to film one of the shows on the UK tour. many thanks for your interest. Kind Regards,

Greg.

2-Aug-2012

 
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Dear Mr Lake.

Thanks for your music. It has made me happy for years.

I remember having spent weeks trying to learn how to play "The sage" on my acoustic guitar and how happy I felt each time I played it.

It has been very grateful to find this site and be able to ask you directly something I've ever wanted to know: Is the central part of this song (instrumental) based in some piece of classical music? For it has reminiscenses of medieval music.

Thank you again

Answer

I think you are right, it must have been influenced by some kind of medieval music. Possibly Scarlatti harpsichord I am honestly not sure.

 

Many thanks, Greg.

2-Aug-2012

 
Question

Hello Greg-

Just wondering....when you wrote " It's you, you Gotta Believe" frome your WONDEFUL 2nd solo album, was there any particular inspiration behind the line "Don't live for tomorrow or yesterday's dreams, 'cause all is as real as what you feel in the space of a moment..it's all in a moment.'  I ask because this line means an AWFUL lot to my wife and I who are enormous fans of your love ballads. Thanks Greg!

Chris Rickert

Answer

Dear Chris,

 

I usually don't discuss the lyrics I write because in a way, being actually constructed with words they really ought to speak for themselves. The other reason I don't like to discuss or define lyrics is because every person has their own particular interpretation of what a particular lyric means to them and in this sense it virtually becomes partly their creation as well. However, having said all that I think that the basic inspiration for this lyric was about self belief and also about the importance of being honest with yourself (to thine own self be true).

 

Many thanks and I am glad the songs have brought you both so much pleasure.

 

Best,

 

Greg.

2-Aug-2012

 
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