Join us for our 2nd Annual Songwriting Challenge!

We invite our listeners to join us for our latest songwriting challenge. This year, we’re challenging ourselves to:

write a song where the chord progression never changes.

Neel, Mike, and Phil each wrote a song for the challenge, and we shared our answers on the January 26, 2021 episode. Replies from our listeners will be shared on the February 16 episode.

So please send us your answer to the songwriting challenge. Send your mp3 and your lyrics to by February 9, and we’ll feature your song on February 16.

Be sure to check out our special theme episode on, you guessed it, songs where the chord progression never changes! Good luck!

Fresh Content

Show date:  Feb. 28, 2021

Phil, Neel, Mike, and Kirk

JUNO Award-winning reggae singer, songwriter, producer and social activist Kirk Diamond shared his new single “Let It Be Done” — available now.

“‘Let It Be Done’ was written in light of the political climate and social unrest that has affected so many worldwide, myself included,” Diamond shares. “That’s directly, indirectly, or psychologically.”

Holding multiple #1 spots on the Canadian Reggae Chart for over 25 collective weeks, it’s no surprise Kirk Diamond has been named one of CBC’s 10 Canadian Reggae Artists You Need To hear. A multi-JUNO nominee, he won for his debut EP, Greater, in 2018. Kirk Diamond and his band The Movement Of Ahryel deliver reggae and dancehall en masse — including opening for Maxi Priest, Third World, Luciano and Etana, and more.

We talked about:

  • The Song Talk Meetup
  • Songwriting challenge listener’s songs (1st batch)
  • building new songs based on loops of existing songs (e.g. Bob Marley)
  • recording song ideas on your phone, or what to do if it’s too cold to grab your phone
  • working with a band to develop your songs
  • breaking down language barriers with reggae
  • getting back to old school reggae instrumentation and grooves
  • how to create variety in hooks over the same beat

Show date:  Feb. 21, 2021

Mike, Neel, and Phil

We got a ton of great submissions to our 2nd Annual Songwriters Challenge: Write a song that uses the same chord progression for the Verse, Chorus and Bridge, here are the first 4 selections.

  • Sadie Aliza- Dirty Introvert
  • Lorenzo Policelli – Tessler_s Bagel Shop
  • Mike Davies – An Algorithm Said – AndersonofaPainter
  • Don Thompson – Interstellar Love

We talked about:


Show date:  Feb. 17, 2021

Mike, Phil, Neel, Brendan, and Adrian

This week SongTalk welcomed Brendan and Adrian from The Fugitives to our studio.

The Fugitives are a folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over the past twelve years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling and top-notch musicianship.

In November, they released a new album – Trench Songs. These songs were written by frontline soldiers during WW1. Essentially protest songs, they were often parodies of well-known tunes. The Fugitives have rewritten new melodies and music for these words, continuing folk music’s long tradition of reshaping songs over time—the same way soldiers reshaped these songs in the trenches.

We had a great conversation with Adrian and Brendan…

Including topics like:

  • the way this project originated as a play, then a movie and finally a record
  • how recording other people work help refine the group’s own songwriting
  • how lyrics can suggest melodies
  • how the music business has changed
  • what did they change to make old songs contemporary




Show date:  Feb. 07, 2021

Phil, Kathy, Mike, and Neel

Bass player, guitarist, and songwriter with the 80s all-girl band The Go Go’s, Kathy Valentine, joined us from her home in Austin, Texas to talk about co-writing with the Go Go’s and her solo career. Kathy also recently published a hard-hitting memoir of her life as a musician (she’s been at this for over 40 years!) called All I Ever Wanted – purchase it here.

We talked about:

Show date:  Jan. 31, 2021

Neel, Phil, and Mike

Neel, Michael and Phil show off their response to the 2nd Annual Songwriting Challenge: A song that uses the same chord progression for Verse, Chorus and Bridge.

What are your fav 1-Chord-Progression Songs? Let us know in the comments.

The Stuff:

The death of Phil’s old Line6 BassPOD

The Other Side by Neel Modi – Lyrics

Out of Reach by Michael Proudfoot – lyrics

How Can You Stay by Phil Emery – lyrics

Other 1-Chord Progression Songs:

(bridge is different tho)

And check out our episode on popular songs with one chord progression!