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A podcast where we share songwriting tips, techniques, songwriting ideas, and share free downloadable templates. Build up your lyric writing abilities with our lyric writing tips that we've collected from pros to amateurs. We're here to help you write better songs and help you along in your songwriting journey.

Every Tuesday evening at 7pm, 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 songwriters, from beginners to professionals and everything in between and had a blast each and every show. Join us and get those songs moving! We even hold contests with great prizes!

Fresh Content

Show date:  Dec. 02, 2018

Vanessa, Bruce, Frank, Phil, and Michael

Award-winning and critically-acclaimed composer, songwriter, pianist, music educator and frequent Song Talk Radio guest, Frank Horvat returned to the show to talk about his latest project, The Thailand HRDs. Frank wrote 35 two-minute compositions for string quartet, where each movement was written for a Human Rights Defender in Thailand as part of photographer Luke Duggleby’s compelling photo essay., For Those Who Died Trying.

We talked about:

  • getting your music licensed for film and TV
  • how imposing creative parameters can free your writing experience
  • classical vs. modern composition and orchestration
  • using your time signature to sound like there’s no time signature

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Show date:  Nov. 26, 2018

Michael, Bruce, Sintja, Neel Linda, and Phil

Singer songwriter Sintja Baba returned to share some songwriting tips.

Sintja fronts Toronto based band THE NAIVE on guitar/vocals/keys, and is the principle song writer. Last year they released their Debut EP “Saw The Sun” followed by single “My Guitar” in July of this year. They released their most recent music video for single “The Moon” off their Debut EP on Nov.19 shot & directed by Marlon Chaplin.

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Show date:  Nov. 19, 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, we decided to help you out with some great gift ideas for songwriters and musicians in your life. We put them into four categories:

  1. Stocking Stuffers ( 0 – $15)
  2. Small Gifts ($15 – $100)
  3. Good Gifts ($100 – $300)
  4. WOW! Gifts ($300+) (the, gee if I only had a super-generous someone who had money to burn…)

Our suggestions ran the gamut from a cool Christmas tree ornament (under $15) to a Bob Dylan model Gibson guitar (WAY over $300).

So have a listen. It’ll make your holiday shopping a happier tune.

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Show date:  Nov. 11, 2018

Neel, Mike MacInnes, Michael Proudfoot, Vanessa, Linda, Bruce, and Phil

For our 5-year anniversary, we visited moments past and our favourite bits. Song Talk Radio Superfan Mike MacInnes joined us (for the 5th time!)

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Some of our favourite theme shows:

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We talked about:

  • How to write lyrics that are specific but open enough to allow the listener in
  • The distance between being inspired to write a song and developing it with craft
  • What the heck is polytonality?
  • We’ve done 47 theme shows in that last five years! Thanks to Mike MacInnes for the research
  • The growing Song Talk Radio Team

Show date:  Nov. 07, 2018

Steven Taetz sharing jazz songwriting tips

Jazz songwriter Steven Taetz returns to talk about creating new “Jazz Standards”.

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Charts for The Great American Songbook
A “Fake Book” with just a lead line and the charts for the songs.