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Ed Sheeran Plays Guitar to Entertain a New York Courtroom

by Joshua Brown
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Thursday in a busy New York courtroom, Ed Sheeran grabbed his guitar and started to play a song he is currently being sued for. The only people present judging him were the jury.

His lawyer asked him how long ago he wrote “Thinking Out Loud,” and it’s been almost ten years now.

He reached back and grabbed his guitar from the rack behind him. He explained that writing songs came easily to him and he used a unique way of making up lyrics so quickly that he could write nine songs in one day. Sheeran even said he wrote 10 songs last weekend.

The room was filled with smiles when he sang just a few lines of the important song. The courtroom was presided over by Judge Louis L. Stanton.

He was singing, loud enough that the court could hear him, and he told them his way of making music. He mentioned that he worked with a co-writer named Amy Wadge who created the beginning notes for the song.

At just 32 years old, he has performed with some of the greatest artists and is a regular at music award shows. But when asked, he admitted “I’m not the world’s best guitar player.” He even apologized when his hand accidentally hit the microphone stand.

The singer started to play a song linked to Motown legend Marvin Gaye. People in charge of Gaye’s music said the songs had lots in common.

He sang, “When your legs don’t work like they used to,” but he stopped after just a few words. His lawyer then told the judge that it was time to finish for the day.

Two days ago, the attorneys asked him to appear in court and he was determined to tell them he and his friend created the song without copying anyone else’s music. He also mentioned that in a video he could smoothly connect “Thinking Out Loud” and “Let’s Get It On” because they both had the same key. In other words, switching between songs is an easy thing for him to do.

On Thursday, Sheeran told his lawyer a story about how he got interested in music. He started singing at church with his mother when he was 4 years old and he doesn’t know how to read music or have any classical training. When he was 17, he quit school so that he could perform 3 times a night at all the places people don’t usually go like bingo halls and restaurants.

In less than 10 years, Ed Sheeran was performing with some of the most famous musicians in the world like Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones. He said he could write up to nine songs a day because when he felt inspired, words just came out of him. At the end of his testimony, his lawyer asked why an expert brought by the plaintiffs claimed that some chords in Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” sounded like Marvin Gaye’s hit “Let’s Get It On.”

Sheeran explained that what he said would help his case.

The trial will start again on Monday.

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