What Was It We Both Wanted I love the blues, and I get really annoyed when I hear people saying they have a problem with the lyrics ... I argue that blues is about a feeling, and it's poetry is diferent to, say Bob Dylan's, but no less powerful; you just have to open your mind to let it impact on you in a different way. However, since I never seem to convince non-blues fans of that, this is an attempt to write a song that is driven by lyrics, which I would not normally do with the blues format. I expect it will also make the transtition over to one of my non-blues albums soon enough. Diamonds From Coal One of my very favourite Muddy Waters' songs is Bus Driver, which lasts a shade over 7 minutes, and I always say you can tell people who get the blues by whether, when it finishes, they wish it was still going on longer. I wanted to write something even longer, and this is the result ...
We Met in the Street I love playing around with songs, trying them in different styles; it doesn't always work, but this song started off with a more soulful feel on Diversions, before I tried it in a bluesy style and liked it.
Many thanks to Rob Weeks, my good friend from the band Blue Condition, nicknamed The Hammer partly for the way he hits those guitar strings and partly because he supports West Ham, for his lead guitar work on One More Time, What Was It We Both Wanted and Diamonds From Coal. Looking forward to being back on stage with you soon, mate.
And many thanks also to Lee Abraham who not only produced and engineered this album at his Dockside Studio in Southampton, but also stepped up to the plate with lead guitar on Any Time You Choose, The Other Side of Love, this version of Soundtrack To Your Life, and Love Walks Out The Door (which I was about to drop until he saved it!).