This is my favourite song from the whole project - a romantic song with a twist
"A love song... of some description"
Let me set the scene. It was a particularly cold February here in Doncaster. I’d just finished writing ‘New Year, Still Me’ and was desperate to start writing again. I promised myself I’d write a song every month, so naturally I started counting down the last few days of January, eager to start the next song.
The idea came to me on a visit to Oxford. I’d gone down to pick up my sister Lizzy and her boyfriend Tim to bring them home for a family celebration. As I was walking through the streets of cinder toffee stone, I knew that I wanted to write a love song… of some description.
It wasn’t a huge surprise to me that I was inspired by Oxford - I had lived there for three years as a student and had already quite a few songs during my time there. I always get a different perspective on Oxford every time I visit, and this time was no exception. A fresh angle on a familiar place is like a match to touch paper as far as inspiration is concerned.
At the time, I was actually a bit guarded about the idea behind the song. In a Vlog earlier this year, I revealed the truth - the lyrics of the song are about my experience using dating apps. It’s a very peculiar aspect of modern existence and I knew that I wanted to write something about it - I wonder if there are any particular lines that stand out now I’ve said that…
Some of you might say it’s not fair for me to have a favourite song from this project, but ‘On Paper’ really does take the top spot for me. I remember being desperate to start, write and finish the song - I couldn’t wait to hear what it would sound like. I know that sounds like a strange thing to say, but the wonderful thing about songwriting is you can never quite predict how a song will end up…