Megan’s comments about fear and risk reminded me of something that Kevin Parker discussed in an interview with Zane Lowe. Parker spoke about intentional putting himself in challenging situations. As he stated:
I’m the most creative when I’m uncomfortable.
I was also intrigued by the conversation around versions and how the final vocal for Catherine Wheel came to be recorded on a phone. This had me thinking about something that was mentioned in the first episode of Prince: The Story of Sign O’ The Times. Lisa Coleman explained Prince’s thoughts on demos or experimenting:
Prince didn’t like the word “experiment” because he felt that it sounded like you weren’t finished if it was an experiment. So forgive me for calling them experiments, but I felt very experimental when I was playing.(source)
Because of this, everything went to tape. As Susan Rogers explains:
If he’s going to be playing and singing it’s going to go to tape and it’s going to be the canonical version as far as he is concerned. He didn’t demo things.(source)