David Gilmour Admits Aging Affects Him And Explains How He Deals With It
Pink Floyd co-founder and guitarist, David Gilmour, opened about the age factor which made him change his singing style while he was talking about the resemblance between ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts’ and the works of Leonard Cohen in the latest episode of SongWriter Podcast series.
As you may know, David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson have made great contributions to each other’s careers along with pursuing a very happy marriage for a long time. Samson, who is a very accomplished author and songwriter, collaborated with Gilmour for her latest literary fiction entitled ‘A Theatre for Dreamers,’ which includes real-life characters.
‘A Theatre For Dreamers’ is based on the story of a young girl who escapes to the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s and meets Gregory Corso, Gordon Merrick, and a young Leonard Cohen. The couple was also inspired by a line of a character in the book and wrote a new song named ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts,’ and Gilmour performed the song with their daughter Romany.
During the podcast, one of the hosts asked David whether there are similarities between ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts’ and Cohen’s songs ‘Bird on a Wire’ and ‘Hallelujah’ while emphasizing that Gilmour’s songwriting in this track ¾ like Cohen. Gilmour responded to the question saying that the ¾ time signature is very special for him. In addition to that, Gilmour drew attention to the age factor and stated that ‘he is not the young nightingale he was once’ and thus, he should be more careful about singing tone.
Gilmour said in the podcast that:
“I’m finding that my lower register, singing-wise, suits me better these days – you know, I’m not the young nightingale I was once. So you have to play to your strengths. As you mention, the ¾ thing, I would say as many of the songs that I have written over the years are in ¾ as Leonard’s were. There’s something about the ¾ time signature that appeals to my heart.”
You can listen to the song below.