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 …
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
Bruce, Neel, and Phil overcome many obstacles to present a song each, and then glorify each other with mountainous heaps of unqualified praise. Neel presents a song inspired by a songwriting webinar held by songwriting coach Alex Forbes, Bruce plays his classic hit “Survivor” live in the studio, and Phil talks about writing on bass and what it …
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.
Toronto’s TC Folkpunk talks about only needing his electric guitar and voice to play shows and gain fans! Really fun stuff.
Producer extraordinaire (Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alison Moyet, Dexys Midnight Runners, Talking Heads, The Pogues, Bob Geldof, Mel Brooks, Siedah Garrett, Steve Earle, Ali Amran, Alain Chamfort, René Lacaille, Talitha Mac Kenzie, etc) and songwriter guitarist Chris Birkett talks about his searching for the ins and outs of the creative process.
Jessica talks about what comes first; music or lyrics, and the first song she wrote at the age of eight. She performs all three songs live in the studio.
Addy talks about the ideas behind his songs “Think of Me”, “Dark Horse”, “The River” and performs two songs live in the studio.
Gary Woods is an instrumental songwriter, using unique tunings on his guitar and an innovative way to use capos to create beautiful pieces of music. Check out the video from this episode of Gary explaining his custom guitar techniques.
The Song Talk Action Team talk about bridges, or middle 8’s, in some song examples. Have a listen to the show:
Frank talks about his song “Waiting…in 3 chords” – namely, Am, G and F.