LES ESSENTIELS DE ROBBI CURTICE (real name Rob Ashmore)
Picking out the influences on my life and my songwriting is difficult for me. Now that I’m getting older there have been so many, most of which I will have already forgotten!
As a teenager I took part in various sports enthusiastically. I loved soccer but unfortunately my school only played Rugby football. For several years I threw myself into heavy and punishing tackles, which have now left their legacy in several aching bones in various parts of my body. In the picture it is me holding the ball, seconds before I was tackled!
The written word has always meant so much me, both as a pupil and later as a teacher. In my teenage years at Warwick School, a teacher called Alban Browne somehow managed to inspire me to suddenly see the beauty and subtlety of literature of writers like Thomas Hardy. It was literally an epiphany for me, as I compared a draft version of a poem by Wilfred Owen with the final published version, and worked out why Owen had made the changes.
It was then easier to make the link to the lyrics of songs by writers like Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon, and understand that they were poetry set to music. I tried my hand at writing my own poetry and then some poetic lyrics and eventually thought a composer might like to try set them to music. My first songwriting partner was Tom Payne – “The Ashmore-Payne Songbook 1 & 2” and “Fast Forward Thirty” and much more recently I have been collaborating with Benjamin Esdraffo – “Nothing to Write Home About”. Long may this continue!
My wife and family of course are very important to me. We married in 1972 and after all this time we still like each other! When I attempt to make the imaginative leap that leads to true creativity I need to be able to rely on the strong and guaranteed support of my family that will bring me safely back down to earth!
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