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The Songwriting Podcast: A show for songwriters with songwriters talking to other songwriters about the craft of songwriting
 
 
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Maybe you didn’t ask for it but we did it anyway – the 90’s song draft – this time with Canadian songwriters. Blair Packham sat in for a sick Bruce, Vanessa joined the gang for her song picks, and much fun was had. Of the many writers of the Great White North, here are a few highlights: Alanis Morrisette The Tragically Hip Bruce Cockburn Tal Ba ...…
 
Virtuoso harmonica player and singer-songwriter Harpin’ Norm Lucien joined us to talk about two of his songs and why you need many, many harmonicas, ideally on a Batman-style utility belt. Sherry Jacoby filled in for Neel – thanks Sherry! We talked about: how to write simple songs that are also nuanced and have substance starting your songs wit ...…
 
A voicemail karaoke song that goes on way longer than you think it should.
 
Songwriter Richard Hunting and songwriter guitarist David Meirovich met at the Songwriters Meetup and started to work together. Listen to the show: https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-236-Richard-Hunting-David-Meirovich.mp3 What we talked about: Collaborating strategies Artist website: https://ww ...…
 
It’s Saturday night, bitch
 
Composer, singer-songwriter, and piano virtuoso Jeff Alan Greenway joined us to talk about musical modes — what they are and how they are used in songs. Jeff went through each mode and sang a well-known song live with his piano. Listen to the whole show: https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-235-Mo ...…
 
The Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) is a Canadian organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters. Their mission is to develop and protect the creative and business environments for songwriters in Canada and around the world. Have a listen to Patrick Ballantyne, Chairman of the Board, Mike, Music M ...…
 
Carmen Toth stopped by to play our first attempt at a “Best Songs of the 80’s” Draft! Phil’s better half, Heather, volunteered to keep score: Bruce 8, Carmen 9, Neel 9, Phil 9. Listen to the episode: https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-233-Best-of-the-80s-Draft.mp3 Let us know your fav 80s songs, ...…
 
Toronto singer/songwriter Michael Thorner dropped by the studio for a chat about his music. He brought two catchy tunes from his recent webcast/album release The ehMTee Show; Don’t Let it Go and Point Edward Fair. We talked about: chamber/orchestral pop Point Edward, Ontario church organist at 10! Mouth Congress (Scott Thompson & Paul Bellini) ...…
 
OK, so we’ve got a thing for the cowbell. Or maybe that was just Phil. In any case, the under-appreciated cowbell gets the most love it’s had since Christopher Walken’s fever. We talked about: the history and distinctive sound of the cowbell the heyday of the cowbell in 70s rock syncopated vs. straight rhythms the Song Talk Radio outtro music ( ...…
 
Neel explains his new coffee system.
 
Satellites front man and singer songwriter Fergus Hambleton stopped by and shared some reggae influenced tunes. Listen to the show: https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-230-Fergus-Hambleton1.mp3 Watch the live performance: The post Exploring Reggae influenced songs with Fergus Hambleton (revised) ...…
 
Teen-aged jazz/soul superstar Avery Raquel joined us to talk about moving from covers of jazz standards to her own blend of jazz and soul to better connect with her audience. We talked about: Jazz standards by Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra Listening to songs analytically Tension and release in a song (and how Ave ...…
 
Okay, so you’re talented singer/songwriter and you’ve recorded a few tunes. Now you’d like to get some media attention to promote you and your music. In this value-rich hour, Phil explains some of the things you must NEVER do, and some the things that will work. We talked about: do NOT send e-mail blasts customized messaging what’s a press rele ...…
 
What a pleasure to have Dokter Nomi back in the studio to share his hooky pop tunes. This time, one of them was produced by our very own Neel Modi. During the show we talked about: the songwriting process (melodies first) starting with stories and poetry music scene in Kamloops, BC Louie, Louie how to choose a producer Party in NYC nursery rhym ...…
 
For a special Father’s Day episode, we invited father and son Allister Bradley and Sean Bertram to share their experiences working on music together and independently. Friend of the show Dave Miner filled in for Neel – thanks Dave! We talked about: Sean starting out with piano lessons, Guitar Hero and Rockband Allister finding the balance betwe ...…
 
Just a little rapping off the top of the dome
 
Neel tries to get a song stuck in my head that was stuck in his head
 
Songwriter Dean Hajas stopped by and talked about grabbing inspiration and making a career in music. We talked about Dana-Keith-Dean-Hajas-22I-Cry22 lyrics Secure Our Streaming Rates and Royalties 4 Canadian Musicians Song creation strategies Pushing yourself Recommended reading: The Talent Code: Greatness Isnt Born. Its Grown. Heres How. The i ...…
 
Toronto-based hip hop recording artist iLLvibe dropped by to share his music and his thoughts. Runner up to Drake for Toronto Rapper of the Year in 2016 and winner on “Canada’s Smartest Person” it was indeed an entertaining and informative hour! We talked about: vocal delivery style Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip, Grand Master Flash flows, p ...…
 
Good friend, manic composer, and musically big brained Frank Horvat joined us to talk all about key modulations, with three example songs. We talked about: the difference between borrowing chords and modulation chromatic alteration, where a single semi-tone difference can change the contour of your chord progression referring to the circle of f ...…
 
Songwriter DAHLIA stopped by after her tour in India to talk songwriting. Listen to the episode: https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-222-.mp3 What we talked about: How do you start a song? Are “hooks” teachable? Pulling apart your fav songs Getting Funding from the government Falling in love with ...…
 
It was Canadian Mental Health Week‘s 66th year and we thought we’d put a spotlight on songs that talk about the challenges of maintaining mental health. This year’s hashtag is #getloud. For this special show, we had guest host Adi Aman from Beige Shelter, and four songs that talk about mental health. We talked about: Beige Shelter’s mental heal ...…
 
South Sudan-born, Toronto-based indie fusion singer, model and writer Amanie Illfated joined us to talk about her songwriting journeys across nations and cultures. Guest host and singer-songwriter Kayt Lucas filled in for Phil – thanks Kayt! We talked about: Amanie’s journey from Regina to Toronto at age 16 blogging and modelling as they apply ...…
 
Singer/songwriter Angela Saini returns with a couple of great tunes and some pretty in depth talk about songwriting concepts. Listen to the full show https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-219-Angela-Saini.mp3 Stuff we talked about: Angela’s first appearance on Song Talk Radio Preproduction https:// ...…
 
We figured it was time to talk about rhyme; a cornerstone of songwriting. So we invited one of our favourite singer/songwriters – Blair Packham – to take a closer listen to songs with a plethora of rhymes and one with virtually none! We talked about: The songwriter’s personal approach to rhyme Does rhyme distract from the the emotion of the son ...…
 
Drummer, songwriter and guitarist Paul Lamarche stopped by to trade songwriting tips. We talked about Working as a musician on cruise ships Different pronunciations of words for style Writing songs for others to sing Working in 6/8 MEET-ME-HALFWAY-lyrics MAKE-IT-GOOD-lyrics Cakewalks SONAR DAW now free Show sponsor: easyDNS.com Listen to the sh ...…
 
For this special episode, each of the Song Talk Radio hosts shared one of their own songs for discussion. We talked about: a Gaurdian article about the Hall & Oates song I Can’t Go For That our upcoming show on key modulations Bruce’s experience with his producer an email we got about our Comedy Songs episode writing a song from the bassline (P ...…
 
Part way through her cross-country tour which began in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa stopped in at the Song Talk Radio studio to share two original songs. She was accompanied on piano by the talented musician Nick Samoil. We talked about: releasing your first album at the age of 12 FACTOR grants Canada’s Mus ...…
 
We got our funny on by looking at what makes comedy songs tick. Friend of the show Mike MacInnes “Phil’d” in for Phil. Thanks Mike! And our own tech person, Linda Lavender, treated us to a live comedy song she just wrote – great stuff Linda! We talked about: why Top 40 charts don’t have many comedy songs stand-up comedians who also release come ...…
 
Patrick Ballantyne stopped by to pull apart two of his fave songs. The open and emotive “Cowboy” by Randy Newman, and “Somewhere” from West Side Story by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. Stuff we talked about: Patrick Ballantyne’s website Randy Newman “Cowboy” Lyrics Somewhere Lyrics Northwood Records West Side Story Randy Newman Leonard ...…
 
We had the pleasure of having the prolific Toronto poet, novelist, and singer/songwriter Robert Priest (with David Hynes on guitar) back in the studio to share a couple of his children’s songs. We talked about… testing a song on a 6-year old moving from writing for adults to writing for children on the same day chord choices for children writin ...…
 
Sean Bertram returned to the show following the release of his debut album, The Right Place. We talked about: Sean’s studies at Humber College in Music Guitar poetics in your lyrics changing chords and melodic centre between sections of your song contrast in pop songwriting self-doubt in songwriting Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson how to cha ...…
 
Paul Novotny (born Peterborough, Ontario, 1958) is a composer, bassist, producer, and engineer. He is the bassist on the international runaway hit video-game, CUPHEAD; over 50,000 sales in 2017. As a producer, his record label has achieved three Juno nominations and one Juno win for Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. He has composed music for featur ...…
 
True to form for Song Talk Radio, the day before Valentine’s Day seemed a good day to talk about break-up songs. So Phil brought “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce, Neel chose “One More Minute” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Bruce performed a new original tune “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, and Vanessa selected “White Blank Page” by th ...…
 
Blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter Gravely James shares his journey from a trumpet-playing kid to a kickin’ singer-songwriter. He also treated us to two incredibly energetic performances of his songs. We talked about: Song Studio Niagara region favourite blues band More Bad News and the Horns from Hell, and Blood Sweat and Tears 12-bar blues How ...…
 
Songwriting master Blair Packham stopped by and we gave a deep dive on The Beatles Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. Friend of the show Mike MacInnes sat in for Bruce. Stuff we talked about: John Lennon / Paul McCartney comparisons Candy Flip’s version of Strawberry Fields Key Modulations Penny Lane Lyrics & Chords at UltimateGuitar.com Strawbe ...…
 
Avery Florence stopped by the studio on the cusp of her first tour. She was excited! “Road trip!” Her songs were a treasure trove of musical delight, and her tips about managing her own career were helpful to anyone trying to make a living as a singer/songwriter. Here are some of the things we talked about: the music business The Harris Institu ...…
 
Canadian and internationally-reaching singer/songwriter Jeffery Straker joined us to talk about his process, collaborations, and great songwriting advice. We talked about: Conservatory training vs. ear training When not to give your chorus a conventional “lift” Editing your song, even the main title and hook so it brings your idea to a better l ...…
 
We talked about the first songs that resonated with us as kids. Stuff We Talked About: Our Anthony moving on Turns Out Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ Was Lifted from a 1972 Song by The Hollies Moving to the minor on the 4th chord February Album Month FAUM.org New Show Format: Get your songs on the show! Classic Albums Live WhoSampled.com Sealed-With-A-Kis ...…
 
Join the gang as we go over our favourite bits of the last year and lots more stuff! We talked about: songwriting things that Bruce, Neel, and Phil have learned over the past year Sean Bertram’s episode and contrast and dynamics in your performances Jenny Perez’s episode and her controversial song Mr. Tinder Blair Packham and Patrick Ballantyne ...…
 
Bruce, Neel, Phil and Vanessa each shared a song that meant something to them for the holidays. Bruce featured a song from a series of The Beatles releases from 1964 to 1969 that he and his brothers bought each other for Christmas. Vanessa brought in a ballet number from her childhood as a dancer. Phil showcased a feel-good (well, except for th ...…
 
We featured songs on this episode that use the unique “talk singing” technique. For the most part, we agreed that talk-singing meant that the singers were using short notes without too much melodic range, but still consciously in the key of the song. We talked about: how the ends of talk-singing musical lines work the differences between rap an ...…
 
You don’t necessarily need to have a fantastic voice to write or even perform songs well. We looked at some of our favorite songwriters with unusual voices and how they did it. Listen to the episode https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-199-Unconventional-Singers.mp3 We talked about Is pitchy the s ...…
 
Popular guest co-host and guest on Song Talk Radio, Patrick Ballantyne dropped by the studio to share two of his favourite Canadian songs. “Help Me” by Joni Mitchell is a great example of her unique combination of melody, structure, and lyrics to evoke a casual conversational tone. Includes a great instrumental hook. Patrick’s other pick was a ...…
 
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