The best ideas come to me when I’m walking my dog, driving around in my sports car or watching a Rangers match. Familiar themes mean people can identify more with my songs than if I wrote about distant, exotic places many of us have never been to. Also, I can be much more precise in the songs if they’re about things we can all relate to. Nothing is ever too small or unimportant for me to make a song about it. That moment of inspiration is impossible to describe. It’s as if everything suddenly starts happening of its own accord. My mind just takes off on a journey. Unfortunately you never know when to expect it. Something happens and it just triggers a feeling inside me – it may be positive or negative.
This can happen four times in one week or just once a month. And sometimes the inspiration just dries up altogether. My colleagues always say that’s one of their biggest fears. I try not to let it get to me. Good ideas take time.