I tend to get ideas noodling on the guitar or when I’m out walking or doing the washing up. Often I get the complete song at once musically, with a selection of lyrics. Once I think an idea is good enough I’ll sit down and concentrate on getting the lyrics right to match the mood of the song. I write songs both for my acoustic blues band and pop ballads for myself. Love is obviously a powerful recurring theme. Falling in and out of love, losing love, reminiscing about love, feeling bitter about love and feeling triumphant about love. I also write about other themes on human existence such as bad luck, the bottom falling out of your world, greed, stupidity and, occasionally, current topics such as Syria or the state of the planet.