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Letting songs steep with Carmen Toth

Carmen Toth / Social Potion joined us for the second time to talk about a new song, and an older one, both of which are appearing on her upcoming album.

Stuff we talked about:

  • writing lyrics first, songs first, or improvising on the fly during a jam/collaboration
  • journalling / creating a “lyrics bank”
  • starting a song from an emotion
  • marketing to promote other artists
  • memorable titles in the world of singles
  • working with a producer to focus the song structure and strengthen commercial appeal
  • writing universal, relatable lyrics
  • using a bridge to bring a new perspective into the song

Download Carmen’s lyrics for the show.

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Exploring poetic lyrics with Liz Jaremyn

The ever talented Liz Jaremyn returned with two great songs. Here’s some stuff we talked about:

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Lucas Bozzo and the wisdom of repetition, repetition, repetition

On this engaging program with Lucas Bozzo we delved into the sometimes heated debate of variety versus repetition in songwriting. Lucas performed two songs in the studio; “If” and “How Beautiful You Are”. We discussed:

  • legato vocals over staccato guitar
  • powerful lyrics over a repetitive musical form
  • the balance of the simple and the practical
  • chord substitutions
  • dynamic vocal changes
  • “da-da-da” as a break from dense lyrical sections
  • the power of a full stop (tacet)
  • the influence of classical training on the writing of popular songs
  • TAB chords
Scott B with the team

Prolific songwriting with Scott B Sympathy

Scott B Sympathy returned to Song Talk Radio to talk about how his songwriting process has evolved over twenty years, why you should write everyday, and why every song doesn’t need a bridge. He also played Downhearted live, and played back Come & Go from his Massey Harris album.

We talked about:

Brian Sasaki with the team

Brian Sasaki Returns: Exploring Olde Timey Jazz Swing

Brian Sasaki, a musical force of nature, swept into our little studio with three band members (Michael on bass, Stanley on violin, and Kyle on drums) and really rocked the joint. His energetic and all-out-there tunes hook you right from the start. Look Out the Window featured Brian on guitar and kazoo (check out Tomasz Sacha on YouTube, says Brian).

Favourite lyric – “Anything’s a sundial if you leave it in the sun for a while.” On Life’s a Pest Brian added a very convincing mouth trumpet that helped lift the darker lyrics into the light (e.g “Life is just a pest… no one goes untested, unmolested by this mess …”).

That’s Alright had a 30’s jazz/blues feel with more of Brian’s off-the-wall lyrics including “I clean my ears, I blow my nose, I trim the nails on my fingers and toes…” that was loved unanimously. If there is one word for the songs of Brian Sasaki’s song writing, it’s “entertaining”. Have a listen!

 

Some stuff we talked about:

The art of songwriting with The Sun Harmonic

Songtalk Radio welcomed multi-talented artist The Sun Harmonic (aka Kaleb Hikele) back to the studio for a second sharing of his song writing skills. “Born (I Have Awakened)” is a stream-of-consciousness, spiritual/traditional style a capella song that captures the losses we all endure as we grow up. “When the Well Runs Dry” switching from 4/4 to 2/4 and back again, prompted lots of discussion among the hosts about its meaning. Here’s a hint – it’s something all writers fear – have a listen! “I Will Sleep Again” was written on a long commute and sung into a cell phone. Its powerful bridge near the end is just one of the highlights of this song.

Mark Martyre writes melodic word pictures

Mark Martyre is a Canadian writer and musician. His prolific song writing has produced 3 full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), and Red Letters (2014), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. His music and lyrics have garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally. Mark is currently working on his fourth full-length studio album, as well as a book of poems and short stories, to be released in 2016. On December 8 he filled our studio with a laid back set of three tunes. With “I know What It’s Like” he plays with simile very effectively… – “like a story”, “like an old deck of cards”, like a movie”. His lyrics flow in an almost spoken style on top of solid rhythmic guitar work. On “Long Goodbye” listen for surprising images (“sleepy trees”), tasty harmonica fills, and  cool bridge. “I Never Knew” traces the musician’s process and resonates for anyone who ever set out to play gigs only to discover it was a lot harder than they thought. Mark is an accomplished songwriter worth checking out at any of the links listed!

SOCIAL MEDIA

www.markmartyre.com

www.markmartyre.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/markmartyre

www.youtube.com/markmartyre

www.twitter.com/markmartyre

 

OITC with the team

Get loaded on songwriting ammo with One in the Chamber

One in the Chamber (Mike Baise – vocals, rhythm guitar, Cecil Eugene – lead guitar, vocals, Christian Dotto – bass, Gerrod Harris – percussion) join us to discuss their songwriting process as a band.  We talked about:

  • bringing a song to the band to be fleshed out
  • singing lead vocals with lyrics written by a bandmate
  • to be or not to be wordy
  • abstract lyrics
  • rock and roll

With influences streaming in from all eras of rock, One In The Chamber is a unique, modern rock outfit. Driven by roaring vocals, slinky guitar work, and fueled by driving bass lines and tight, deep grooves, One In The Chamber are able to bring together elements from the 60’s to present day into one tasteful flavour. Hailing from Mississauga, Markham, and Richmond Hill, One In The Chamber can proudly call Toronto and the surrounding cities home, and are excited to perform at your next big event. Be it Friday night in the club, a summer festival, or your block party. Drawing inspiration from the past, while keeping things fresh, One In The Chamber is your new favorite band.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oitcband/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oitcband

Instagram: https://instagram.com/oneinthechamberofficial/

David with the guys

Exploring Dynamics and the Unexpected with David Dino White

Incredible guitarist and singer / songwriter David Dino White stopped by and played us some songs with original approaches to lyrics, melody and song structure. Kinda of a Violent Femms vibe.

Some stuff we talked about

You can find David at:

Artist Bio

Although he was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, David Dino White first discovered music while attending high school in Bolton, Ontario. Frequenting heavy metal and high energy ska-punk shows was the cool thing to do at that point in time, so it only made sense in David’s mind, to start playing guitar and form a band. By grade 12 David’s dream of being in a band had come true, but it was cut short when high school ended and David had to move back to North Bay for university. In spite of the break up, David never stopped playing his guitar, and now, nearly a decade later, his unique blend of northern Ontario folk and southern Ontario rock has found itself a new band and a new band! David’s debut CD ‘Alone Together’ was released this passed July, is available on iTunes, bandcamp, spotify, and nearly every other internet source for music you can think of!

Taylor & Bryn with the team

Two guitars, 20 harmonicas, harmonies and beat boxing with Taylor & Bryn

The uber-talented duo of Talyor & Bryn impress the team with their fusion of styles and great sense of humour with 3 live performances, including an improvised lyric and melody by Taylor for their final song.

We discussed: