I brought along my laptop to be able to keep up-to-date with emails etc and thought I might take a look at some old song ideas if I felt in a songwriting mood. Well, once I arrived at the beautiful hotel in the suburbs of Athens and saw the breathtaking view from my window, instead of relaxing (as was my intention) I felt totally inspired and got straight down to work. I went on to finish almost 7 new songs which along with one I'd written earlier, makes 8 new songs for my next album. Very excited! There's something about the sea that makes every part of my body just go "aaaaahhhh". I don't know what it is but it makes me feel relaxed yet full of energy all at the same time. I went for a walk along the beach one morning and wrote an entire song in 30 minutes.
I moved to central Athens after a few days and interestingly the feeling left me almost immediately. I touched up a few lyrics but it felt nothing like the burst of creativity I'd had. Something about the sea just does it for me.
Hopefully it won't be too long before I get some of those songs recorded but until then, here are some photos of that little corner of Greece that filled me with so much inspiration.
|View from hotel in Central Athens. No beach but still breathtaking!|
|Syntagma Square - Not sure what he's protesting about but he was very dedicated to his cause.|
|Trees decorated with cans for Christmas in Syntagma Square|