What I set out to do in ShellShock was to write a cracking good story with a lot of memorable, stand-out songs which I hope you will be singing when you leave the theatre. That is my idea of a good musical. In all there are fourteen songs and they range from power ballads to Blues, and from pop to rock. There is also a Music Hall number which I hope might have pleased the crowds back in 1914. My musical tastes were honed in the era of the ‘45 single’ so there are quite few 3-minute numbers with a verse, a chorus and a middle-8. I have a particular penchant for Blues and Tamla-Motown. Also, I work very hard at my lyrics. They must be strong, simple and they must rhyme! However, in ShellShock I have really pushed my boundaries and included whole scenes which are completely sung and a Finale lasting nearly ten minutes which has a number of themes and styles. It starts as a solo, progresses through duets and trios and ends up as a five-part harmony. It’s almost symphonic.