Soul beauty Alicia Keys finds the inspiration to write songs when she wakes up in the middle of the night in floods of tears.

The FALLIN' star pens most of her songs when she awakes crying, and thinks the reason for her strange timing is down to her fascination with the morbid side of life.

Keys says, "Sometimes I wake up and go to my piano and write a whole song. Sometimes I am crying, but most of the time it is just speaking what I am feeling so that I am not feeling it any more.

"As a songwriter I tend to be drawn to the negative sides of love, towards the complicated sides of love, the sides that are confusing or painful or misunderstood."

25/01/2005 14:56