Janette: "Words have always been incredibly important to me. I have kept a diary since 1973 – a habit I seem to have inherited from my mother – so writing is an integral part of my daily life.
Both of us have also always loved literature – finding ways of deciphering life through the novels of John Irving and others (Brian would have to mention Salman Rushdie…) I have a library of poetry – in English and German – My favourites would include Norman McCaig, Charles Bukowski, Ruth Padel, Carol Ann Duffy and Anne Michaels.
Poems and lyrics are two separate worlds, but the area in between is a blurry one. Some poems have become lyrics and vice versa, but some lyrics need the music to bring them to life and couldn’t live on their own. All tell a story or paint an image. I love the idea of playing with language and sketching something quickly like a watercolour. The German writer Peter Altenberg is particularly good at this – evoking an atmosphere in just a few words – or Canadian writer Anne Michaels, whose novels read like poetry."
To view song lyrics go to the Music page, scroll to each album and follow the links
To view Poetry go to the Poetry page and follow the links