For the first time in eleven years, Rod Stewart will release an album made up of mostly original songs.
Stewart told Billboard that “It’s all done mate” adding that he produced the album. Tentatively titled Love the Life You Live, it is expected sometime next spring.
At first, the singer wasn’t interested in new material.
“About a year ago I was sitting at my house in England, and [Jim Cregan] came around and said, ‘Come on, let’s try to write a song,’ ” Stewart recalls. “And I said, ‘No, I can’t be bothered. Those days are over.’ But we sat down, I started humming a melody and he took it away and sent it back and said, ‘Listen, this is pretty good,’ so I wrote some words for it and ever since then it’s been just flowing like a river. The songs just keep going. An issue which I thought had long past and which I’d given up, songwriting, has come back, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”
But while the new songs do rock, Stewart says “the themes are a little more adult now. There’s no ‘Hot Legs’ or ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.’ But they’re, I think, songs people can relate to.”
Rod’s new autobiography is now in the stores and his holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby, hits stores next Tuesday.