Jesse, Mike, Phil, and Neel
Jesse, Mike, Phil, and Neel

Writing a COVID-19 song with Jesse Parent

This week we welcomed Kitchener, Ontario-based singer-songwriter and storyteller Jesse Parent to the show to talk about his COVID-19 pandemic inspired song, Learning to Live Apart.

We talked about:

  • Our new podcast format for 30 minute episodes
  • How valuable it is to play and study cover songs
  • Why you should record your ideas right away, even if it’s the middle of the night
  • Our episode on Songs that don’t change their chord progression
  • Emotional lyrics vs. sentimental lyrics
  • How to write lyrics with specifics without being too specific
  • How to spotlight the title in your song through melody and rhythm

Download the lyrics to Learning to Live Apart to follow along.

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