Todd is an acoustic singer/songwriter performing on the Liverpool acoustic
scene. A founder member of Triad, he has gone on to produce solo work as a
songwriter. He launched his first EP Playing The Field at The View Two
Gallery in November 2004. He is a prolific and active musician on the Liverpool
scene and has made several radio appearances.
works with Neil Campbell in the acoustic duo Campbell Todd. October 2007 saw the
launch of their long awaited studio album 'Campbell Todd'. The album was
engineered by Andy Fernihough and featured Mark Brocklesby on drums. You can
find out more about them at: http://www.myspace.com/campbelltodd.
include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, CSN&Y, Simon & Garfunkel and
you think of your lyrics as poetry?
A: Only certain songs I've
written could possibly work as poetry but that style of writing is something
I've been developing a lot more in the past couple of years.
Q: Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?
It's not essential but it sometimes helps to move it along.
Q: Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures
such as clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that
songs can also be like free verse?
A: It depends on the type of song; if it's
conventional pop then probably yes; it's often necessarily the words follow a
certain structure but the rules are there to be broken (take Bob Dylan or Tom
Waits for example). One of the benefits of a poem is that you can be more free
with the words and they don't have to conform to any rhymes, rhythm or
Q: When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any
connection to the music you enjoyed?
A: Not at first but gradually I began to realise that poems could be
turned into songs. One such poem I adapted was Bill Hicks Is Dead written by
Mike Morris. I put music to his poem and recorded a version with just voice and
guitar. The recording was broadcast on Folk Scene for BBC Radio Merseyside in
Q: Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your
A: I'd read stuff by William Wordsworth and Wilfred Owen but they didn't
really inspire me to write anything poetic.
Q: Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?
A: A song can be easier to identify with, it's much more immediate.
People tend to listen to the sound of a song like the rhythm or the melody as
well as the mood it evokes. A great song can be universal, a complete
experience. A poem often takes more time to sink in and grab your attention.
Even though the words can often fire the imagination; not everyone can relate to
that type of expression.
© Stuart Todd