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Friday 19 December 2014

Stewart: Outdoors inspires songs

Dave Stewart likes to write music outdoors
Dave Stewart likes to write music outdoors

Dave Stewart has revealed he likes to record outdoors, next to nature, as it helps inspire him.

The Eurythmics star recorded new album Lucky Numbers on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, while enjoying a few Martinis.

He revealed: "The track Nashville Snow is a duet with Karen Elson, and that's the one where you can really hear we are in the middle of the South Pacific, drunk. It's a dreamy song. I've always loved the sound of her voice and I knew it would fit perfect on that.

"It's funny, you can write the most depressing of songs in the sunniest of places. And you can write the most ecstatic of songs in the bleakest of circumstances. Things come to the surface.

"I always think songs are there," Dave said, pointing above his head. "Or in here," he adds, tapping his heart. "Just out there in the ether, and at certain points, circumstance and mood marries together and out it comes.

"Being older and wiser, I've learned how to make that happen more easily, and one of those ways is definitely not being in a grey windowless room somewhere. I've thought that from the days of Annie and I recording Sweet Dreams, and I've done it ever since."

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