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Imagine I'm John Lennon urges Waters as he writes another song for Eurovision stardom

THE self-styled creative colossus that is John Waters is hoping to be a hit with John Lennon-style success.

Eurovision humiliation aside, Waters, it seems, is hoping to be a modern-day Beatle.

However, unlike the Beatles star, the music aficionado has yet to pen a hit song -- or a successful Eurovision entry for that matter.

The newspaper columnist explained that writing music was one of the most fascinating things a creative mind could do.

"This is partly, I think, because, when you're doing it right, you're not actually 'creating' but acting as a receiver for something that's already written in the spheres," he said.

"John Lennon talked about the arrival of a great song as being like the apple falling on Newton's head."

Three years ago, They Can't Stop The Spring, a song Waters co-wrote, was picked to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki but it scored a paltry five points for performers Dervish. This year Waters is back and trying his hand at the competition again.

Although he was met with defeat in 2007, he says he is "blessed" to have former You're A Star winner Leanne Moore singing his latest effort, Does Heaven Need Much More? "People ask me why I want to go again. Because the Eurovision is there, and because I find it interesting. It's a puzzle and a challenge, with high risks and the slimmest possibility of glory," he said.

And his elaborate comparisons continued as he went on to liken the 2008 You're a Star winner to Elvis Presley.

"Presley had 'a capacity for affection that was all but superhuman', and Leanne has something of this about her. She possesses a song and breathes herself into it, so that the listener enters the song's meaning rather than glancing off its surface," he said.

He describes the best pop songs as "bringing the mundane and the transcendent together in one time capsule".

Waters also recalled his heartbreak at losing three years ago and the feeling of being comforted by "the most successful Irish songwriter at Eurovision", Brendan Graham.

"Brendan described how he felt at the time, simultaneously describing how I was feeling at that moment. He talked about the deflation of the aftermath and long journey home," he added. "Finally, he described how, when he reached his house, he dropped his bags in the hallway and went in to the piano and stayed there until he had written another song. 'Write another song, John,' he said, and rung off."


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