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|Although consistency and range take years – decades -- to achieve in songwriting terms, I was assisted through collaborations with Martyn Barker, Calum MacColl, Johnny Brown and Dominic Miller, all band members whose mutual understanding of the music we made together allowed high levels of creative empathy in the song-making process.
I have grown to love this process and find that it is not tortuous, it happens almost immediately: a song arrives complete, usually at some level a political statement, often inferring the politics of gender relations, the power deficit endured by women, often overtly so. Thus I wrote about the suicide of friends, motherlove, betrayal, divorce, redemption, while also developing my voice of protest against injustice and bigotry, the theme of the politics of Human Rights and humanitarian socialism.
I find that it heals me to write about my life, and to allow its story out into the world as I sing. Songs are for everyone to make of them what they will. They don't belong to any one person; they definitely don't belong to me.
with Martyn Barker during a recording session in 2008