There really is no magic formula to writing songs and making records. Least not so in our experience, and we have written
hundreds of them. Mostly it comes down to a little inspiration and a ton of hard work.
What is certain is that songs don't write themselves. No, you have to turn up and work on them, knowing that you might get lucky
and a finished one will seemingly just pop out of nowhere.
The real likelihood however is that mostly you will be in it for the long haul, putting in the necessary hours and honing the original
idea until the structure and the feel are suddenly just right.
And then even when you get to that stage, a feeling of doubt may appear, telling you that what you have is good... but not great.
And with that you sometimes decide to leave the idea, perhaps come back to it another time. Charlie and I go
through that particular process with our songs most often. We certainly went through that and so much more with Magic - Track 1 on our
forthcoming album Walk Between Worlds.
That said, during the process sometimes inexplicable events happen, and an idea or two does comes flying out of somewhere or other, indeed
as if by magic.
The job is to be alert enough to know how to catch that fleeting expression of mental energy. I guess that really is what artists are
meant to do.
It was by accident that our producer Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg got to
hear a previous demo of Magic, first worked on over a decade ago, it went under another title entirely back then.
Charlie and I had forgotten all about it, given up on it even?
They then convinced us that the song definitely had "the magic" and that we absolutely needed to return to it. To give it one more go! To
find the missing piece that until then had eluded us.
It is good to work hard. The reward feels more valid in the end.
Meanwhile, I cannot wait to play Magic live. The walls will shake!
16th December 2017