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And I'm delighted to say my special guest on the programme today, having a chat about his lengthy career and playing some live music, we've popped up to London today to Maida Vale Studios here in London to meet the one and only Mr Eric Stewart.
Eric, welcome to the programme. Thank you very much and good day, Alan.
Good day to you as well. Thank you very much for joining me today on "I write the songs" My pleasure. We've had some great songwriters over the recent months on the programme, and I'm really pleased that you can do the programme today for us.
Before we look at the career and hear some of the great songs that you've written over er, over the years and also look at the new album, which is "Do Not Bend".
Talking about song writing, as I say, you've written some great songs over the years, what's your first song-writing memory? Oh God, you've got to go back to the 60's when I was with a band called Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.
I remember them well. I was the lead guitarist with Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders until Wayne left for a solo career and I took over as lead vocal. And, um, we wrote a song which was highly based on a Beatles track, I should say nicked from a Beatles track, called Long Time Coming.
It was on the B-side of 'Game Of Love' right which was a number one, so suddenly we were hit writers. Okay, the new album, just come out, Do Not Bend er, let's have a bit of music.
Is there any particular song on the album that is your, your favourite, 'cause it's, it's a varied mixture?
I'd, to play the songs from the, from the Do Not Bend album at the moment is nigh on impossible, because I can give you the background to some of the track, but not play the song the whole way through.
The way, the way I record nowadays, I will write as I record. So I'll sit there, and just get a riff, you know, of [plays keyboard riff] and that turns into a song.
I can play that bit, that's quite easy, but there's stuff I've, I've put in there on some of these songs, I don't even know what I've played, and to be honest with you I can't, I can't write music at all, Alan, along with Paul McCartney and a few other That's right You play it by ear?
I play by ear.
So I play on the piano, I mean, I know what the basic chords are physically but when I sit down to write, I just, I just fly by the seat of my pants and, and write something physically which is now of course stored in your computer And forget about what I played as long as what I'm adding onto it fits with it, I don't really need to know what the chords were.
Have you always written the same way, because you mention there that you're sitting at the piano and you find your riff and sort of build a song around that.
I mean, have you always written in the same kind of, same procedure? That's just one way. I had that riff, that was the first riff for the song on the album called Fred and Dis-Audrey.Work with children and signed up to one of our programmes?
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