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Show date:  Nov. 25, 2021

Gather ’round kiddies for our Annual Holiday Gift Guide! with Special Guest Mike MacInnes!

Full of stocking stuffers, friendly little gifts and great big wowsa! gifts. Buy them for the songwriter/musician in your life – or get yourself something nice, ’cause you deserve it.

Is there anything that you’re hoping to find under your holiday-appropriate gift-finding place?

Let us know in the comments.

These are affiliate links – we get a small commission for anything sold here and it doesn’t affect the price you pay – neat huh?

Prices are in Canadian ’cause we’re in Canada.

Stocking Stuffers (0 – $15):

Dunlop Electric Variety Pack Guitar Picks (PVP113)

1Password Password Manager: Apple, Windows & Android

Music Playing Cards $13.00

Blank Music Journals $8.99

 

 

Small Gifts ($16 – 100):

Hamee Otamatone $39.99
An odd Japanese touch instrument – you need to see it to get it.

Earasers Musician’s Hifi Earplug $49.99

Planet Waves Elastic Cable Ties, 10-pack $13.49

Kazoo Solutions SKAZ-P1E Electric w/Pickup $44.26

G7th Performance Capos NewportPartial#3 6 String Guitar Capo $50.33

Peterson Strobe Tuner $98.99

Pocket DJ Mixer $133.00

2-in-1 Water Bottle+Bluetooth Speaker $64.44

 

WoWSA! Gifts ($100+)

E-BOW – E-Bow Plus – Hand Held Electronic Guitar Bow $134.22

Season Tickets to Mirvish Productions (Toronto) $160+

Season Tickets to Toronto Symphony Orchestra $100+

GatorCases: Super light, super strong guitar cases +$100

Zoom H1n Handy Recorder $239.75

Moog Theremini $479.00

Casio CT-X700 PPK Premium Keyboard Pack with Power Supply, Stand, and Headphones $580.34

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Series $700+

Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus 120-Watt Guitar Amplifier with Two 12-Inch Speakers $1,449.99

 

 

 

 

 

Show date:  Nov. 10, 2021

D.O. Gibson is a Guinness World Record setting rapper, author, professional speaker and music executive. He set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap ever (8 Hours and 45 Minutes). Gibson has coordinated tours for himself and his artists in Asia (Taiwan, Japan, Singapore), Europe (England, France, Netherlands), USA (NYC, Miami, Los Angeles) as well as in his native country Canada.

He is the co-founder of the Northern Power Summit (NPS) – an Urban conference based in Toronto. In 2021, NPS celebrated their fifth-year anniversary with a three part virtual series that concluded in March and included Tom MacDonald, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Classified amongst others.

As a professional speaker, Gibson has spoken at over 2500 schools through his Stay Driven program including at the world-renowned Harvard University. In Feb 2021, he kicked of a 90-show virtual tour “Black Canadian 365” that focused on Black Canadian history.

Check out the lyrics to Still Driven

We talked about:

  • How the best songs start with a concept
  • Writing original beats vs. sampling
  • Freestyling to generate ideas and starting a lyric
  • Doing free writing exercises to generate songs
  • D.O.’s networking tips: talk about anything but music, smile, listen, and be proactive about connecting

Show date:  Nov. 04, 2021

“Six Feet Under” sees Baker’s notable smoky, sensual and illustrious vocals draped in an air of whiskey-soaked mystery. Lyrically, the track finds Kelli Baker speaking with deep-rooted assurance; acting as a melodic “try me”. Baker sings from a perspective that comes with experience. A bit jaded, yes- but on solid ground, so to speak. Almost as if she embodies a tree with massive roots.

“Six Feet Under” marries a game of hide and seek with power. Lyrically acting out a “catch me if you can” dance, the single functions as a sonic tango; a push and pull power dynamic.

Teaming up with multi-platinum producer, Philip A. Jimenez (Wheatus, Teenage Dirtbag), Kelli Baker brings the bones, and Jimenez adds the air in the room. “Six Feet Under” was produced at Milk House Studios in Huntington, NY.

Show date:  Oct. 19, 2021

Songwriter Lockwood Barr stops by to share her experiences in co-writing in Nashville.

We talked about:

Lockwood Barr is a powerhouse country artist tinged with a rocker edge. Based in Nashville, TN this singer-songwriter has undoubtedly turned the heads of thousands of Country + Americana lovers. She has received major recognition from organizations like Music Row Magazine, Country Music Association, and the Independent Country Music Association. Lockwood released a 10-song album, Signs Along the Road, in the summer of 2016, which was produced by Matt Odmark of the Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay. More recently, her songs “Helluva Habit,” “Right Time,” and “Already Gone” have kept fans enthralled with her mesmerizing vocals. When it comes to emerging women in today’s country music scene, it is clear that Lockwood – armed with killer musicianship, buttery vocals, and a personality that shines as bright as her electrifying blue eyes – is truly raising the Barr.

Show date:  Oct. 04, 2021

Neel, Phil, Lexie, and Jordana

We have a fascinating show this episode with our special guest, Jordana Talsky. Jordana is a singer, songwriter and vocal looper who fuses multi-genre influences into her own sound. She accompanies herself by voice with a Roland Boss RC505 loop station. Her ethos is to incorporate digital means into live performance in an organic way, and with the loop machine, she creates a choir on the spot with no pre-recorded parts. She joined us this episode to talk about her latest release, Zahava.

There was lots to discuss, as you can imagine, including:

Including topics like:

  • how do you write for loops?
  • working with a collaborator
  • how does a background in choir and musical theatre help?
  • what is the production process for working with loops in a studio?
  • are chord progressions more difficult with loops?

Website: jordanatalsky.com/

Superpower lyrics

Jordana on YouTube

Jordana on Soundcloud