Script writer, puppeteer and occasional singer-songwriter John Pattison joined us, without puppets, to perform and talk about three of his songs. Together we discussed:
- the difference between abstract and narrative songs
- John’s journey from script writer to song writer
- How John wrote a song in the men’s room at Massey Hall after a Paul Simon concert
- How open mics are a great way to get instant feedback on your songs
- Puppets who kill
Stop by the Tranzac Club on their Monday night open mics and you might hear and see John there!
John also performed his songs live the studio:
Singer songwriter Davie Taylor talks about starting later on in life and discovering that making music is what he’d rather be doing.
Some stuff we talked about
- Producer Kevin Zarnett
- lyrics in the present tense will engage the listener and create more drama.
- Pre chorus variations
- Wheelhouse 4
James talks about the use of metaphor and subtext in his songs, and performs “Devil’s Punchbowl” live in the studio. Be sure to check out his band the James Clark Institute!
Sonja talks about her arguably turbulent past with regard to the Canadian Art Song. The guys comment on her strong melodies, powerful imagery, and beautiful songs.
Guitar/ songwriting duo, Ivan & Wilson stopped by and we talked about collaborating and song structures. They performed A Day’s Tale, Live Another Day, and It’s All A Mystery live in the studio.
The well traveled Robert Graham talks about writing some pretty cool tunes!
Ana Morales returns to Song Talk with some new songs. We talk about how she got that amazing acoustic guitar sound in her recordings, honesty in songwriting and keeping lyrics general enough for multiple interpretations.
Addy talks about the ideas behind his songs “Think of Me”, “Dark Horse”, “The River” and performs two songs live in the studio.
Sound Poet Dan Trapper came in and we explored making music with found sound and talked about his really interesting approach to writing lyrics.
Dan Tapper Sound Design
The North American Sound Diaries
Dan’s SoundCloud Page
Frank talks about his song “Waiting…in 3 chords” – namely, Am, G and F.