Tuesday 08 May 6:00 a.m.
Ed Sheeran is blessed – he
seems to know exactly where he is going, and exactly how to get there. Where
countless others fail to make an impression amid today’s information overload,
Ed’s music and talent cut straight through.
He has a poise that is as
welcome as it is unusual in someone so young. He’s both utterly self-assured
but still charmingly open. He has a confidence that’s built not on being able
to sing someone else’s song quite nicely on a teatime TV show, but on hundreds
and hundreds and hundreds of gigs where it’s just him, his guitar, a loop pedal
and a crowd.
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Ed’s album '+' features a host of very special songs. Small Bump is a true story, with the most heart-wrenching twist,
about a friend and her baby. Lego House
is a love song that imagines a world where you can, (“pick up the pieces and
build a lego house, and if things go wrong we can knock it down!”). Wake Me Up was written while sat,
really drunk, under a tree by Jamie Foxx’s pool (that’s another story). Grade 8 (“your body is my ball-point
pen/ and your mind is my new best friend…”) sees Ed as a worrier/warrior with
bloodshot eyes, his heartstrings being twanged by a virtuoso guitarist. The
truth is, there’s not a bad song on it, precisely because Ed wouldn’t dream of
allowing there to be a bad song on it, he’s that type of guy. As you will soon
“I have slept on a different sofa every night for two and a half years
so I can do this,” Ed says. “But the sofa thing can get lonely. I’m ready for
my own place now; I’m ready for the next level.”