Port Talbot is a steel town, where everything is covered with gray iron ore dust. Even the beach is completely littered with dust, it's just black. The sun was setting, and it was quite beautiful. The contrast was extraordinary, I had this image of a guy sitting there on this dingy beach with a portable radio, tuning in these strange Latin escapist songs like 'Brazil. ' The music transported him somehow and made his world less gray.
Some things lend themselves well to songs, some things don't, and I'm learning that a lot at the moment. It's still a relatively new way of writing. It's only really the last five to 10 years that I've taken my writing seriously in this way, as something I can keep working toward. I think I feel myself much more before as simply a songwriter.
I really do seek to create music that is timeless,. . . Each project takes on its own life, and the songs from "A Time To Love" are the most appropriate for the statement I wanted to make. . . The most important thing is, when I do give the music, I'm satisfied with it, that it speaks for what I want to do. . . It is a different kind of lyric; it's very picturesque. I can see everything that I'm writing, I can visualize all those things happening.