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Jack White Talks Going Solo, Songwriting Process for "Blunderbuss"

Image courtesy of Jo McCaughey (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Jo McCaughey (via ABC News Radio)

On Tuesday night, folks who attended a listening party in London for Jack White ’s upcoming solo debut Blunderbuss were treated to a special surprise.  After the album finished playing, the ex- White Stripes frontman sat down for an interview with the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christiana Valcarcel , NME.com reported.

White told the crowd that going solo wasn’t a huge challenge for him as he has many other projects to work on.  "I'm still in a couple of bands so I'm not missing anything by doing this,” explained White.  “But I didn't know I was doing it until I was doing it, four or five songs in I thought, 'I guess this is turning into something.'"

The singer also gave the listening party’s audience an insight into his songwriting process for the album.  “[ Blunderbuss ] just happened one song at a time, like it always does, let the song be in charge and let the song tell you what you're doing and you're just a servant of the music at that point,” noted White.  “When you think you're in control of the song then that's when you're making a mistake I think.”

White added that he experienced some difficulty while writing his single “Love Interruption.”  "It's hard to put love in a song because it's been used for so long, thousands of times in plays, paintings, poems and, if you're going to say that word I think you have to really put a twist on it for yourself,” said White.  “If you're going to use the word 'love,' I wanted to provoke some kind of thought that's what I wanted it to do for me."

Blunderbuss is due in stores on April 24.

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