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musicians about one of his/her songs of the past. Honeymoon Suite's "Feel It Again" was written by Ray Coburn, band's keyboard player at the time.
What inspired you to compose and come up with the music of "Feel It Again" and its distinctive hook in the first place?
RC: A woman : )
I've always enjoyed the opening line, "If you would just be sensible, you'd find me indispensable". Take us through the lyrics and the story behind the song.
RC: It’s a love song. About my first intense love affair. I was twenty three and my heart was exploding with all these emotions and feelings. We knew from the start that life would soon take her far away. I guess the first line is imagining a different outcome, pleading my case for her to stay.
Who(m) you are refering to regarding, "To handsome men in overcoat". Another scratched or scribbled note. Are you talking about spys? Cloak and dagger?
RC: Haha! Nothing that intriguing. As the following line says, it’s just a jealous fantasy. Imaging something where there is nothing. Young love can make you crazy.
Does it capture your typical songwriting style at the time?
RC: It captures the commercial side of my writing at the time.
Any personal music influences that in retrospect shines through (in this particular tune)
RC: At the time I was listening to things like Henley’s “Building The Perfect Beast” , Sting's “Dream Of The Blue Turtles, Propaganda “ A Secret Wish” to name a few.
What kind of input/influence did your record label have during the writing process?
RC: My experience was that WEA / Warner Music Canada and Warner Bros. in the U.S. were super supportive and didn’t interfere in making the records.
Your thoughts about your SOCAN Classic Award based on the song having been played more than 100,000 times on Canadian radio?
RC: Always nice to be recognized.
Would you agree that "Lethal Weapon" was a dissapointment? The film was a massive world-wide success, but you got stuck with a rather average theme tune? I can totally understand why you agreed to record. But looking back, it should have been one of your original songs?
RC: I was not on Lethal Weapon. That was shortly after I left the band the first time. Rob Preuss was in the band for that. What I will say is that Johnnie’s vocal is fantastic.
RC: We are friends and still have the odd mutual business things that arise. The things we did and discovered together as young men - we are brothers. Sometimes brothers shouldn’t work together but I’m proud of our successes and happy for any successes they have without me. One never knows what the future holds.
As for the record in question, I did a day in the studio playing on some stuff. That was the extent of my involvement. It was not a band record.
What 's keeping you busy (music-wise) at the moment?
RC: Always music. When I’m not on tour with Roger Hodgson I’m writing music, doing sessions and occasionally producing. You can always check in at www.raycoburn.ca
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do
RC: Much love to all those who support music. See you in 2021. Stay safe everyone!
Interview by Urban 'Wally' Wallström
Honeymoon Suite: Feel It Again
Album:"The Big Prize"
The single was the band's biggest U.S. Hit and it reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a Top 20 hit in Canada, and in 2015 Coburn was presented with a SOCAN Classic Award based on the song having been played more than 100,000 times on Canadian radio.