Nina's Song

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  • Travis frontman Fran Healy, who put songwriting on the back burner after his son was born in 2006, had fatherhood on the brain when he wrote this tune from the band's ninth studio album. "This is one of my favorite songs," he told Apple Music. "It was not even going to be on the record because I was a little bit embarrassed about it, because it was too personal - and it was almost like a show song. It was about 7-year-old me saying to my mom one day, 'Hey, mom, is there a dad shop? Can you go to the dad shop and get me a dad?' I still wish there would be, because everyone needs a dad, and not a shit dad. They need a good dad who's going to be there for them, and be someone to rely on. I never had that. I didn't realize how important a dad was until I became one myself."
  • With encouragement from his teenage son, Healy reprised his role as primary songwriter for 10 Songs. The album peaked at #5 in the UK.
  • Fran Healy directed the video, which uses deepfake technology to turn it into a duet between the Travis frontman and his cat Huey. "Huey, our British Blue, is the breakout star of the video," he said. "It took a long time. He was very patient though and grateful for all the treats."

    "It's actually the first time a deepfake has been made between a human and an animal," added the singer. "The engineers had to push their technology to new places to achieve this. Very smart folk and a lot of fun to work with."

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