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A podcast where we share songwriting tips, techniques, and ideas, and share additional resources for songwriters. We're here to help you write better songs and help you along in your songwriting journey.

Every Tuesday evening at 7 PM EST, we explore tips and techniques from songwriting pros to amazing beginners so you can write better, more memorable songs easier. Since November 2013, we've talked to 100's of songwriters - every show is packed with tips, stories, and humour. Join us and get those songs moving! We even hold contests with great prizes!

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Show date:  Sep. 16, 2019

Vanessa, Michael, Ritha, Taylor, Phil, Micah, and Neel

This week, professional singer/songwriter, voice actor & co-founder of Silverthorn Studios recording, Taylor Abrahamse joined us in the studio at SongTalk World Headquarters.  Taylor was a Top 40 finalist on Canadian Idol, has performed on stages across Ontario, has also written & produced musicals, and music for animated series and viral internet music through Corus, DHX & Super Planet Dolan.

Taylor is on the verge of a breakout moment in a promising career. After creating a spontaneous performance opportunity on the conference floor of Canadian Music Week, Taylor was contacted by Grammy-winning producer and engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Michelle Branch & many more), who wanted to produce & develop Taylor. Now close to the release of his debut record of original songs, Eddie describes Taylor as ‘A true artist, and songwriting genius’.

We were very excited to have Taylor drop by so we could catch up and hear  his talent for ourselves.

 

Writing Better Lyrics – Pat Pattison

FangBone cartoon. theme song by Taylor

Todd and The Shadows on YouTube

Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind

 

Show date:  Sep. 09, 2019

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There are many benefits to your musicianship when you learn and master playing an instrument. You increase coordination, cognitive skills that include better memory, and create a higher level of social awareness. 

The piano works as a wonderful starting point for most musicians, as it provides a good base in music theory, and it helps make identifying chords and key signatures a much easier task. But the guitar also provides an equally solid foundation for learning chords and is utilized just as frequently with songwriting. There are numerous advantages to learning and knowing how to play one of these instruments if you write songs. No matter which avenue you select, picking one of these classic instruments will undoubtedly assist and grow your songwriting abilities. 

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Show date:  Sep. 08, 2019

Michael, Ritah, Eugene, Stark, Neel, Phil, and Micah

Stark Naked and Eugene Ripper of Stark Naked and the Fleshtones joined us to talk about their heyday in the early 80s as an awesome live band in Toronto.

We talked about:

  • how songs are shaped by band dynamics
  • working with the “right” producer
  • the punk music attitude
  • live vs. recorded music

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Show date:  Sep. 01, 2019

Neel, Michael, Ritah, Matthew, Phil, and Micah

This week SongTalk welcomed our pal Matthew Reid to our studio to talk about movie soundtracks.

We chose our favourites and talked about why they made the cut and what were the runners up.

 

We talked about:

  • what are the criteria of soundtracks – are they a collection of songs from other sources, are they custom music made specifically for the film project or is there a grey area in between?
  • how soundtracks are created
  • the avant guarde composers used in soundtracks
  • Here are our selections and other items we discussed

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/nine-minutes-that-changed-the-world-1.4138404