Rocker Rod Stewart continues song writing return with new album

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By Sara Hemrajani

LONDON (Reuters) - Singing about a soldier serving abroad or bedtime for his young son, rocker Rod Stewart continues his comeback to song writing with new album "Another Country" and says his attitude to penning tracks has changed with age.

The 70-year old singer, who gained fame with the band Faces before enjoying solo stardom, has previously said song writing was a slow process for him.

"Time", released in 2013, was his first self-penned album in years, following several covers, including the popular "The Great American Songbook" album series.

"In the old days, when I was with the Faces and my solo albums,(song writing) was more like being at school doing homework," Stewart told Reuters. "But actually now, I enjoy the process. It's something, I think, has come with age."

With his spiky hair and raspy voice, Stewart is known for hits such as "Maggie May" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?". He says his new album is "pretty varied".

"There's ... 'Way Back Home', which although I wasn't around ... (is) memories I've garnered from my brothers, sisters and parents about what London was like after the war," he said. "Otherwise there's a song on there about putting my son to bed."

Stewart has long been candid about his rock and roll party lifestyle. Today's music scene is a lot tamer than his 1970s heyday, he said.

"There's not quite this spontaneity that there was when I was coming through and also there wasn't mobile phones with cameras so obviously we got away with a lot more than new artists do," he said.   Continued...

Rod Stewart performs at the Wal-Mart annual meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking