'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
You Gave Me The Answer – Ovi from Romania asks…
We all have our favourite albums, songs and lyrics (some fans we know love them enough to get them as tattoos!). But one thing we don’t often consider is the backbone of the song: the chords. From pop and blues, to metal and R&B chords are the foundations of everyone’s favourite songs. So, when Ovi from Romania got in touch asking Paul about these musical building blocks, we were interested to hear his response to the question, “Do you have a favourite chord?”
Paul: "A favourite chord… That’s a hard question! But I would say E is a pretty big favourite. It's one of the early chords you learn. And in the early days, we used to play the Buddy Holly songs that we listened to a lot. He used E and A a lot, so we used E and A lot too. It's a very pure basic chord and on the guitar it rings out beautifully because the bottom string is open. So it has a resonance that some other chords don't have. But they're all good. I love them all basically, it's hard to pick a favourite! But if I have to pick, I'll go for E."
Can you pick out any of Paul’s songs with E chords in? Maybe try and found a few within this month's 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket' playlist? Follow the playlist on Spotify HERE! And remember, it will change again in March. Any guesses on the theme?