‘If you'd have told us when we're in our teens that we would have ended up together we'd have said, “Never in a million years”’.

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Country music singer James Blundell has always had an active imagination.

‘Pretty much since I was seven years of age, I've had a subliminal running commentary at the back of my brain. I just kept coming up a couplets and lyrics and have just always have always enjoyed rhythm and meter,’ James says.

For most of the 300-plus songs he’s written over the years, the lyrics have come to him before the music. ‘But while you're sorting out the meter and sorting out the shape of the song, the melody pretty much suggests itself.’

Inspiration comes in many forms.

‘There's sort of two or three different blank pages when it comes to writing: observational, where you see something that is strikingly beautiful or desolate; relationships, obviously; then there’s songs that simply come from too much time behind the wheel of a car, or just sitting on a horse, watching cattle, or all those places where you actually get time to let your mind run free a little.’

In his teens, a regular muse was an unrequited love, Rebecca Williams. James wrote several songs featuring Rebecca, including his hit, ‘Down on the Farm’.

'From the ages of 15 to 16, I was besotted with (Rebecca), but kept I that to myself because she was the top of the social ladder and we were miles apart. Then, after 37 years of not seeing each other, we got together on the third of March, 2018.

‘It is the weirdest thing, it's like being caught up in someone else's love story. We're both very experienced and well-worn people, but both of us get the giggles sometimes and say, “This is absolutely ridiculous”.

‘If you'd have told us when we're in our teens that we would have ended up together we'd have said, “Never in a million years”’.

There could be a song in that.

Watch James' second 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance.