Walker has an immense admiration for the songs of Jacques Brel and records
a great number of his compositions - numbers such as 'My Death' and 'Jackie'.
"I like to record anything that is interesting and has something to say.
In a song I look for what I consider to be the truth. It's a form of self-indulgence.
I record for me, not the public - and I even distort my voice to sing whatever
songs I want. The people who are following me don't want the sugar-coated
nostalgic rubbish, they want the truth. 'My Death' is a very important song,
a strangely, aching song and people walk away itchy after hearing it. I
like these type of songs. I find them fascinating. I take a lot of time,
more time now than ever before, telling the truth and my next album will
not be trite and contrived as the last thing was. 30% of the songs on the
new album will be Brel songs, the rest mine. I don't write any special type
of song. I write whatever I believe to be an original idea or in an original
way. My musical structure is a lot harder than Brel's, an expanding swing
type, symphonic. My melodies are so complex I take more time on a song these
days. I often leave them for weeks and go back to them."
I asked Scott whether he believed in God and he said, "I'm really too busy
working with human beings than to be involved in situations, so is anyone
who is really working. The scientists and writers in Russia and the Continent
are working with NOW and what's happening here. We've got to think of the
future. The life that surrounds us must be told to the people, they've been
living in dreamland too long. They have made their own prisons in this society
- and marriage is one of the biggest prisons. People should be aware of
how ridiculous things are, they take things too seriously. We have terribly
desperate people today. I haven't met one who isn't. If only people would
stop for a minute to speak. I'm trying to make them listen a little bit.
They should enjoy themselves too. Records should be of a higher standard.
They should educate the public but they're not doing this. I think it is
much fairer for people to go to the artist".
Scott is seeking to open people's eyes to the truth via the medium of his
songs, but he says: "I'll fail, but in the process I'll get self-satisfaction…and
I won't fail completely. At least a minority, a strong minority, will listen
and that's the important thing. The people in Russia have a completely different
outlook; they're starting all over again and are willing to learn. They
don't have materialism to tempt and frustrate them. They are drummed night
and day with culture over the radio, things that are nice to hear. The workers
go to the theatre, ballet and jazz concerts. They have a great attitude.
They think what's happening here is pretty funny. They have sympathy for
the Americans in Vietnam, they feel for them although they know they did
the wrong thing. There is terrible frustration with the Western world. They
are very wary of clever things. Westerners have the wrong idea about Russian
people, they should realise how ridiculous the propaganda is. Russians have
an unbelievable strength, nothing shakes them. The workers here should have
the same opportunities; they should be educated on radio and television.
They need a good dose of propaganda and more than anything else they need
a form of dictatorship again and be told what we're to do by the right people
and then we'd be all right again".
Scott regularly travels to Russia. "Leningrad has become my favourite city.
I'm going back there soon. It's more beautiful than Rome, a fantastic place
with neo-Classical buildings. I'm concerned with a lot of things. I saw
there a man who gives you a series of injections (he's not a crank) which
takes you back to your origins. They erase all the conditioning a person
has received from other people in his life. I've seen it happen - it works
and it only benefits a person. I saw a 65 year-old man who, after the injections,
has taken up painting and writing…when in other circumstances his life would
have been virtually over. The injections increase your concentration and
enable you to project five or six other men. I'm going to have them when
I go over".