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Songwriter/keyboardist Ben Romans told us: "This is a song that actually came right before the record. And I remember it was one of those weird melody things. I have a studio in Boston and I kept hearing this melody, and I had to pull over when I was singing in the car. But fortunately I didn't forget it. What's great about that song is that was one of the first writing sessions I did with Kyle (Patrick, lead singer). And already he was very, very strong with the lyrics, and it was just really pleasant. We just sat down and kind of beat the song around until it became what it was. But I enjoy the simplicity of the song. It's really hard to write simple. I think it's harder for our band write simple than complex. Look at like an author like Hemingway, just such a simple, simple writer. And I think that takes a lot of craft. It's always been about being able to shape these common phrases into a collage that touches somebody somehow. So I really enjoyed that. At that point in the band I wanted to do something like that, a little more dramatic. And then production-wise, we got to be a little more experimental. It's very subtle, but we have drums, we have like a harmonium playing and all kinds of interesting instruments with the arrangements and stuff. We enjoyed that, too."
Regarding the video for this song, Ben says it's special to the band, because it shows their real personalities more than most of their videos. He explains, "I think a lot of the videos before were kind of concept videos, and we wanted to just do one where it just kind of went hand-in-hand with the song and captured more of the performance than anything. We shot it – I remember we did the Boston Music Awards and we shot it the next day early, early in the morning. It was freezing. We were on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. It has like this street mall in the middle of it. A lot of really pretty statues and all kinds of stuff like that. So we just kind of set up our stuff and went for it. We had two friends of ours that are really talented folks in L.A., they're a duo, and basically one of them is really good at editing, one of them is really good at directing. They've been working together for a while, so we invited them to come out and do it. And we just did it in kind of two locations, and they did their thing, and I think they did a really nice job. But doing that and capturing more… the band's always been into timeless kind of things with the songs or film. So it was really nice to just feel that way about the way it looked, as well as the way it sounded. Let's put it this way: I watch that video and I feel like I'm actually watching the guys I hang out with every day. That's a pretty good representation of the band." (Check out the full Ben Romans interview
When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound. His mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."