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Stuart Todd

 

Stuart Todd is an acoustic singer/songwriter performing on the Liverpool acoustic scene. A founder member of Triad, he has gone on to produce solo work as a songwriter. He launched his first EP Playing The Field at The View Two Gallery in November 2004. He is a prolific and active musician on the Liverpool scene and has made several radio appearances.     

 

Stuart works with Neil Campbell in the acoustic duo Campbell Todd. October 2007 saw the launch of their long awaited studio album 'Campbell Todd'. The album was engineered by Andy Fernihough and featured Mark Brocklesby on drums. You can find out more about them at: http://www.myspace.com/campbelltodd 

 

Influences include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, CSN&Y, Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen.

 

   

 

Q:  Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?


A:  Only certain songs I've written could possibly work as poetry but that style of writing is something I've been developing a lot more in the past couple of years.


Q: Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?

 

A: It's not essential but it sometimes helps to move it along.


Q: Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures such as clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that songs can also be like free verse?


A:
It depends on the type of song; if it's conventional pop then probably yes; it's often necessarily the words follow a certain structure but the rules are there to be broken (take Bob Dylan or Tom Waits for example). One of the benefits of a poem is that you can be more free with the words and they don't have to conform to any rhymes, rhythm or structure.


Q: When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any connection to the music you enjoyed?


A: Not at first but gradually I began to realise that poems could be turned into songs. One such poem I adapted was Bill Hicks Is Dead written by Mike Morris. I put music to his poem and recorded a version with just voice and guitar. The recording was broadcast on Folk Scene for BBC Radio Merseyside in 2001.


Q: Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your songwriting?


A: I'd read stuff by William Wordsworth and Wilfred Owen but they didn't really inspire me to write anything poetic.


Q: Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?


A: A song can be easier to identify with, it's much more immediate. People tend to listen to the sound of a song like the rhythm or the melody as well as the mood it evokes. A great song can be universal, a complete experience. A poem often takes more time to sink in and grab your attention. Even though the words can often fire the imagination; not everyone can relate to that type of expression.

 

   

 

 

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