And yet, in person, Turner, a man acclaimed as the voice of his generation, is surprisingly tongue-tied. “Where am I going with this? Uh… I… Yeah… No… I’m sorry, I’ve completely lost it,” he says at one point. “I just hear myself talking sometimes and I’m like bleurgh!”
Throughout our encounter, the slender 30-year-old sits, folded in on himself, talking painfully slowly in a deep voice with a Sheffield accent, punctuating his sentences with frustrated sighs and defeated groans. “It’s like… eh… ah… I don’t know if I can explain this, man, I wish I could, I need to… yeah… oh… I’ve ruined my own day. It’s not you, man. I’m doing it to myself.”
Back in the Leicester dressing room, with Turner still struggling to find his words, Kane sticks his head around the door, and a palpable sense of relief filled the room. “Look at youse, on the rouge! The cheeseboard will be in, in a minute,” he jokes in his strong Scouse accent.
“I painted myself into a corner. I had to hit the malbec,” says Turner, immediately perking up in the presence of his band mate. “We’re trying to decipher the meaning of it all.” “Where did you get with that?” asks Kane.
“My usual stuttering,” admits Turner. “There’s not many blind alleys I haven’t been down.”
Author’s note - This idea popped in to my head this morning and I had to write it. I’ve based each year around one of the senses: taste, sight, sound, smell and touch. Some years are sweet and innocent. Some years are filled with need and want. Some are spent together. Some are spent apart. But the love never falters. Oh and Louis sometimes wears lacy underwear. And Harry likes it. A lot. And sometimes Harry ties Louis up. And Louis likes it. A lot.
Aries: “Some girls won’t dance to the beat of the track. She won’t walk away, but she won’t look back. She looks good, but her boyfriend says she’s a mess…Baby loves to dance in the dark…Run, run, her kiss is a vampire grin….She looks good, but her boyfriend says she’s a tramp. She’s a ‘tramp’, she’s a ‘vamp’, but she still does her dance.” // Dance In the Dark by Lady Gaga
Taurus: “Your skin is warm like an oven. Your kiss is sugary sweet…You smell just like vanilla. You taste like buttercream. You’re filling up my senses with empty calories. I feel like I’m just missing something whenever you leave.” // Cake by Melanie Martinez
Gemini: “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood. You know, sometimes baby, I’m so carefree with a joy that’s hard to hide. And then sometimes, again, it seems that all I have is worry, and then you’re bound to see my other side.” // Don’t Let Me By Misunderstood by Lana del Rey
Cancer: “I don’t want to be your ashtray. I don’t want to be your doormat. Don’t want to be ignored…I’d rather be a loner. I’d much rather be alone…I don’t want to be an option. [I’m] avoiding interaction ‘cause I just want to get away. And maybe you’ve got a full plate; know I’m cooking something better.” // Loner by Kali Uchis
Leo: “I’m setting fire to the life that I know. Let’s start a fire everywhere we go. We’re starting fires ‘til our lives are burning gold. Looking back, I see I had a flame in me. I’m the wind that’s carrying change. I’ve had enough of chasing luck.” // Burning Gold by Christina Perri
Virgo: “Stars in her eyes, she fights for power, keeping time. She grinds day and night…She’s too smart to crave material things. She’s pushing herself day and night…She works for the money from start to finish and she’s worth every dollar.” // 6 INCH by Beyoncé
Libra: “Living la dolce vita. Life couldn’t get much sweeter…Babe, I love you a lot. I’ll give you all I’ve got. Yeah, you know that it’s true. I’ve been saving all my summers for you…I’m your carnal flower, I’m your bloody rose…You’re my one true love, I’m your destiny.” // Froot by Marina and the Diamonds
Scorpio: “We’ve both got a million bad habits to kick. Not talking is one…All the double-edged people and their schemes. They make a mess, then go home and get clean. Let ‘em talk ‘cause we’re dancing in this world alone. We’re all alone.” // A World Alone by Lorde
Sagittarius: “Clipped wings, I was a broken thing. Had a voice, but I could not sing. You would wind me down. I struggled on the ground…[Now,] I don’t care if I sing off-key. I find myself in my melodies. I sing for love, I sing for me. I shout it out like a bird set free.” // Bird Set Free by Sia
Capricorn: “I shy away in my mind and hope someday I can share this place with you…Live or leave me. When I trust you, we can do it with the lights on…Let me tell you all my secrets and I’ll whisper ‘till the day’s done.” // Lights On by FKA Twigs
Aquarius: “You’re a wanderer. He’s moving on tonight to find you’re living in between the lines. Your own wanderer. Stuck between space and time, lost in your mind…It’s my body [and] my logic. Can’t stop it, so steady, can’t try me, can’t tell me…Ordinary thoughts–I detach it…The road is calling, calling, calling. I know we were made for something so much greater. I want it.” // Wanderer by Tinashe
Pisces: “She’s got eyes filled up with deep blue seas and they’re always seeing things you couldn’t see. She’s got faith in time and truth in mind. Nobody would ever take her side. Cynics versus dreamers. This love will never leave her ‘cause she remains a believer.” // Cynics Vs Dreamers by Zella Day