Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saturday Live and Writing Lyrics

I was up in London again at the weekend for another poet-in-residence slot on Radio 4's Saturday Live. This time, the studio guest was shoe entrepreneur Harvey Jacobson so my end-of-show poem was shoe-themed! For my top-of-the-show poem in response to one of the week's news stories, I came up with a piece that blended the Kelly Report on MPs' expenses and Bonfire Night. If you missed the programme and are interested in hearing it, you can listen again here.

Later in the day, I met up with my namesake, the very talented jazz vocalist and trumpeter Sue Richardson, to chat about our ongoing collaboration. Neither of us has had much time to devote to the project of late, but Sue is planning to record her new CD next spring and also has a tour lined up, during which she'll preview all the new material - so songs now need to be written!

I really enjoy writing lyrics and will, I hope, be drawing inspiration from some of my favourite lyricists (Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Dave Frishberg...) as Sue and I move forward with our collaboration in the months ahead.

4 comments:

SueG said...

I love how you think outside of the box and are always doing new things with your poetry. Keep it up!! Can't wait to hear the songs.

Michelle said...

I love that there are two arty Sue Richardsons out there! It sounds like a destined collaboration x

Mistlethrush said...

I agree entirely with Sue G's comments. Sounds like a very interesting project - look forward to the results.

Susan Richardson said...

Thanks so much, everyone. I'm really excited about the project, as well as a bit frustrated at not having enough hours in the day to spend on it!

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