Even the genre's most radical departures from the past are thoroughly informed by tradition. The musicians usually retain, in their original work, the same song structures, rhythms, and scales that have been handed down for generations. "Every time I write a song, I get the inspiration from the old recordings," says Reiman. "It usually starts with a few bars from an old melody and then changes slowly. I feel it's good for me to have a line back to where we came from. It's not only my personal idea, it's part of my history, and I feel proud."