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Bressingham singer-songwriter Robin Shaw turns his focus to global affairs in new single

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A singer-songwriter from Bressingham has reflected on the tumultuous past few years in his new single, which he will be releasing later this month.

Robin Shaw’s latest song, Today’s Generation, draws on the turbulent state of global affairs, from Brexit and Vladimir Putin to climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

Inspired by Billy Joel’s 1989 pop-rock classic We Didn’t Start the Fire, the song has been two years making, said the indie musician, who has racked up more than 250,000 streams on digital music giant Spotify.

Robin Shaw's latest single will be released later this month. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Robin Shaw's latest single will be released later this month. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

“I started writing the song during the start of lockdown,” said Mr Shaw, who lives in School Road.

“I didn’t want to just make a Covid song, though – I wanted to do a song that touches on the various different changes we’ve been going through.

“There’s been a lot in a very short period of time – so many things we have experienced.”

Recording of the new song, which will be released on April 11, took around seven months, with studio time being severely limited due to the pandemic.

“It’s been quite a long process,” added Mr Shaw. “But it’s been a very fun one.”

“On all levels, the song is a reflection, but I also want it to leave a feeling of hope: that we’ve actually got through these tough things, and that’s a positive.”

It comes just weeks after Mr Shaw’s 2017 release Time is Your Own was signed to a music licensing contract, meaning it could potentially be used commercially for television, advertising and film.

Mr Shaw, who was made redundant from his role at Debenhams during the first lockdown, added: “From a personal point of view, after I was made redundant, it felt like everything was up in the air.”

The 29-year-old, who has since taken a new job at John Lewis, in Norwich, continued: “Thankfully, I’m healthy and I’m well, so I’ve not had it as hard as other people, but it would have been easy to lose hope. I feel like I have had a full turn around.”

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