I like to capture the mood of a piece and I think the best way is to create an Instrumental version that stands up on its own.
I create a 'scratch track' which is the essential parts of the song (usually with guitars but some can be later substituted with piano or other instruments) and lay down 3 or four tracks.
I like to play classical guitar by candlelight. I don't know what kind of magic is conjured in the presence of the pure flame... sure it's different to electric lighting. I think it's the intimacy and silence of the warming dance of the flame. It's calming...
Have a great weekend & look forward to sunny days next weekend as we start Springtime.