Waking Ideas Publishing - Culture & Critics Corner
Written By Danny Nicolas
"It was intentional to work with a new producer and new musicians, and to record in a city that I didn't know that well," Cullum states. "I needed to frighten myself. Being in unfamiliar territory forced me to do things differently, and to operate on a hyper-sensitive, hyper-alert level. Having turned 30, I just felt like I needed to do something different."
At the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May 2011 Jamie Cullum sat down with Russell Davies of BBC Radio 2 and answered a few questions:
"I write all the time and they just go in a drawer. The songs I played last night aren’t necessarily going to be on an album. Often the things you spend the least amount of time on people like the most. “I’m all over it” took less than 90 minutes to write."
"Song ideas come to me at the piano. I’d love to say they come when I’m walking on a mountain but I sit and play whatever comes into my head. I sit and play chords for 3 or 4 hours, or 6, and they come. Then I slot in conversations I’ve heard and add the words. It comes from a magical place – but also from sitting down and getting down to business."
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