It's not uncommon for a musician to record more work than they release. In my case I have a digital ocean of snippets in various degrees of completion.
Some are leftovers from assorted project recording sessions, projects that were never completed, sound check jams, demo snippets, etc.
There are enough lonely unreleased notes in my world to fill an "infinity shelf." VaiTunes are tracks that are culled from this melodic abyss, brushed off, sometimes esverely hosed down, and released as digital singles.
These tracks may be specific to a particular project that has never had the chance to be a completed big picture, but now, with the advent of all this digital technology and distribution, it's possible to release a variety of tracks from a potential project without having to complete the whole project itself.
Eventually, if there are enough tracks completed that fall into a precise endeavor, perhaps they will be compiled and released as a cohesive CD. In any event, it's a good way to release a constant stream of music. Although the plan is to continue to create whole, full-bodied CD releases, VaiTunes can serve as temporary pacifiers for some delectable melodies to be sucked through the ears and absorbed into the soul. --Steve Vai
Steve Vai - Guitar, Studio Tweaking and Vocals
Mike Keneally - Keyboards
Philip Bynoe - Bass
Dave Weiner - Guitar
Mike Mangini - Drums