This week SongTalk welcomed David McLachlan to our studio.
Our own Michael Proudfoot proudly stepped into the world of cover songs. He uncovered a treasure trove of examples and ideas. Have a listen as the Song Talk Radio team plus Blair Packham (The Jitters) tackles:
- when everything was a cover
- the difference between 45, 78, and 33 1/3 rpm records
- professional songwriters writing for professional singers
- How The Beatles shifted pop culture by both writing and performing their own songs
- Jimi Hendrix covers All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
- authenticity (Sarah McLachlan) and self-expression
- Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Carole King, Leonard Cohen
- singing someone else’s song – making it universal
- Husker Du, Love Is All Around (Sonny Curtis)
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For this special episode, good friend of the show Blair Packham (frontman of The Jitters, co-creator of Song Studio), brought in two of his favourite songs and together we dove deep into each song. We talked about:
- Blair’s new album Unpopular Pop
- Specificity and universality in lyrics and storytelling
- An episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History: King of Tears about why country songs make us cry
- Songs as vehicles for social commentary
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- Good Ole Boys TAB
- Desperados Waiting For A Train TAB
Young pop sensations the Command Sisters (Charlotte and Sarah) joined us to talk about writing as a sibling duo and working with producers. Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Bruce.
We also talked about:
- how to write a 2-chord song
- the musical Book of Mormon
- whether to repeat lyrics in each chorus
- the challenge of writing direct lyrics vs.
Singer/songwriter Robert Davis stopped by with some great fun songs and we talked about the following:
- Download robert-davis-lyrics here
- Differences between kids and Adult songs
- Dr. Demento
- Koerner Hall
- Mark Russell (piano player / songwriter / political satirist)
- Subversive themes in children’s songs
- Country Music songwriting approach
- Socan House (Nashville House)
Stuff we talked about:
- The Songwriter’s Cafe Meetup
- Songwriting as storytelling in its purest form
- Download the lyrics here: Wheelhouse & Red Dirt
- Asymmetrical structures
- Feedback from songwriters vs.
The uber-talented Sonja Seiler brings her own brand of passionate, emotional songs to Song Talk Radio for the second time, this time with a country twist.
Stuff we talked about:
- transitioning from writing on piano to guitar
- letting an idea percolate for a while before writing
- the power of imagery
- what’s the right tempo for your song?