Marti Frederiksen co-wrote five songs on Aerosmith's forthcoming Music From Another Dimension! album, including one, "What Could Have Been Love," that's been in the works for seven years.
"The song came about because Steven [Tyler] really liked it and we worked it up," Frederiksen says. "Someone else would have done the song, but we held it and held it, hoping that it worked for Aerosmith. It's a power ballad-y kind of song, maybe the typical song for Aerosmith. But it just had a good message and Steven was feeling it. So we held on to it and finally, it's seen the light of day."
"I think the ones that Jack [Douglas] produced are more 'band guy' songs.' I worked on a couple of other songs I didn't produce on the record, and one is a real rocker that came out of the same time as 'What Could Have Been Love'—'Lover Alot.' I co-wrote that with the guys. A whole different beast, man – just rockin', loose and uptempo. That's the great thing about songwriting and being able to work with a band like this – you can do something old-school rock and then do a beautiful ballad. The good thing about all these songs is nothing is over-produced."