Respected pianist\/composer George Winston has 15 piano albums under his belt, including his most recent, \u201cRestless Wind\u201d (2019) that features his meditative original compositions, transporting the audience far away from their cares and busy lives. His shows also feature his signature renditions of works by renowned musicians like Sam Cooke, The Doors, Stephen Stills, George and Ira Gershwin. A tireless performer who is on the road much of the year, his current tour brings him to the Fairfield Theatre Company Nov. 3. Those attending are invited to bring canned goods to the show, which will be donated to Operation Hope in Fairfield. Andrea Valluzzo: Is this concert just from your newest album, \u201cRestless Wind,\u201d or will you have some favorite songs from earlier albums also? George Winston: I think there will be one song from the album. I don\u2019t play many songs from the records. The songs for the records are for the records. The concerts are a whole other thing but there will be some things from the seasonal albums, some of Vince Guaraldi\u2019s \u201cPeanuts\u201d pieces, some up-tempo stuff and quite a bit of folk piano melodic recordings. AV: Vince Guaraldi is a favorite of yours when coming up with music arrangements? GW: The three composers that I try to do every one of their songs are Vince Guaraldi, New Orleans pianist, Professor Longhair, and The Doors. AV: You have had several mentors then? GW: I\u2019m very fortunate with the mentors I\u2019ve had. It really speeds up your evolution. I probably would have gotten to what they are doing but it might have taken decades instead of going \u2018That\u2019s what I want to do.\u2019 AV: What is the process like when you adapt an artist\u2019s song for the piano? GW: The piano lends itself to being played in certain ways. When I interpret a song, it\u2019s actually three things that go on. It\u2019s the original piece, then the piano and what are the limitations and strengths of the piano. A lot of things don\u2019t work on the piano. And then who am I? What do I want to do with it? Those three all go on at the same time. AV: Why do you prefer not to mic your piano when on stage? GW: I don\u2019t prefer that sound. If you are being a player, it has to be the sound that you want. You know the way guitars always tweak their amps 20 times every song. It\u2019s like that. I don\u2019t prefer the sound of a mic\u2019d piano. Guitar or harmonica when I play those \u2014 and there are usually a couple of guitar songs and a harmonica song in the show \u2014 it does not change the sound much; the piano it changes too much for me. AV: Do you just sit down and compose a piece? GW: If somebody said compose a piece, I would say I have nothing. It has to just happen. One out of ten things I come up with stays around. It\u2019s really kind of a spontaneous process that serendipitously happens once in a while. It\u2019s nice when it does but when it doesn\u2019t, I have a lot of things I am working on. AV: What is it about the seasons that they have become a central theme in your compositions? GW: The seasons are the biggest inspiration for me overall. Growing up in eastern Montana, seasons were always so extreme. Whenever I ever heard a song I liked, it just reminded me of a season. If the song resonates with me, I get a picture of a season in a certain topography or place, that\u2019s just kind of what happens to me when I hear something. Everybody is different, some people sing or dance when they listen to music. If I\u2019m listening to a song, I\u2019m analyzing the chords. That\u2019s not the way most people listen but that\u2019s what natural for me. I don\u2019t even hear the lyrics, I just hear the chords.