THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand.

The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . .

It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion the Play It Strange Trust -- CEO Mike Chunn -- has arranged concerts of Beatles' songs at the Auckland Town Hall on June 24 and 25 featuring a veritable galaxy of local stars (Tim Finn, SJD, Graham Brazier, Fiona McDonald, Jordan Luck and more) for A Strange Day's Night.

But the trust's mandate is to spotlight young songwriters through an annual secondary songwriting competition and to also put them in concert with established musicians.

beatauckSo a Strange Day's Night will see a number of them sharing the stage with stars and over the next week or so we will spotlight some of the performers young and established . . .

Today Jordan Luck -- Dance Exponent/Exponent and the man who gave rugby crowd the chance to sing "I don't know-o-o-wo" -- joins the long list of luminarieds who have answered our questionnaire. 

The first song which really affected you was . . .

1812 Overture.

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

The Beatles

The one songwriter you will always listen to, even if they disappointed you previously, is?…

Tom Waits and never disappointed.

As songwriters: Lennon-McCartney orJagger-Richards; kd lang or Katy Perry; Madonna or Michael Jackson; Prince or Pink?.…..

L&M, K.D, Madonna, Prince.

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear because they are well crafted are . . ..

“Gaskrankinsation” Headless Chickens, “The Winner Takes It All” Abba, “God Only Knows” Beach Boys.

Melody first? Words or phrase first? Simultaneous?…..

Melody first. Lyrics will change.

strangeThe best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

Matthew Bannister’s “Positively George Street”

If you could co-write with anyone it would be . . .

Iva Lankum

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . .. . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)….

Bob Mould’s “Workbook” (a C.D)

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .

“Lust For Life”, David Bowie & James Osterberg.

One line (or couplet) from a song -- yours or someone else's -- which you think is just a stone cold winner is . . .

“Well I can’t forget this evening and your face when you were leaving”…The Pete Ham lyrical opening line to “Without You”.

Songwriting: what's the ratio of inspiration/perspiration? ….

100 % Inspo

Ever had a song come to you fully-formed like it dropped into your lap?….

“Why Does Love Do This To Me?” is one such beast.

And finally, finish this couplet in any way you like: “Standing at the airport with an empty suitcase at my feet .. . .” (You are NOT allowed to rhyme that with “meet” however)…

"I filled it full with fullfillingness and some Custom Officers jewellery”

For more on the Play It Strange Trust go here.

For tickets to A Strange Day's Night go here.

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