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Fatherhood Makes Robin Thicke Change His Tune

of the Oakland Press

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When Robin Thicke released his fourth album, “Sex Therapy,” in December, he had no idea that the title track would become inextricably tied to Tiger Woods’ recent tribulations.

“It’s all over the Internet — they’re playing my song with his (Feb. 19) speech over it,” says Thicke, 32, the son of actor Alan Thicke and singer Gloria Loring. “It was an immediate hit!”

But Thicke has no desire to wade any further into the controversy. “It’s none of my business,” he says. “I don’t want his opinion on my love life, so why should I talk about his?”

Thicke will, however, talk about “Sex Therapy,” which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and is a markedly, well, sexier and more explicit album than its three predecessors.

“I don’t really have a big master plan,” Thicke explains. “I just kind of write songs and tell the stories I’m feeling, things I’m going through or whatever. This is just about me and my girl (his wife, actress Paula Patton) living fabulously and having fun and going to cool parties all over the world and being together. There was a lot of loving involved.”

Out of that loving will come the couple’s first child, a son, due in May. That’s sent Thicke on another jag of songwriting, which not surprisingly is considerably different than the bedroom focus of “Sex Therapy.”

“My mind is definitely not on clubs and crazy parties and all that stuff now,” he acknowledges. “It’s on bigger themes — about what really matters, what family is about, what love is really about, forgiveness and compassion and all that stuff.

“There’s so many great feelings, and yet there’s the fear of will I get too stupid one night? Will I think too much? Will I be things you don’t want your dad to be? All those things come up, so there’s a lot to write about. Fear is a great motivator for songwriting.”

Robin Thicke and Ben Sharkey perform Tuesday (March 16) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $38 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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