From the moment Blair Packham started to speak, we knew we were in for some great lessons from a master songwriter and experienced teacher. If You Were Mine featured a great bridge and instrumental break. In Her Dreams started out as a story of a woman in a call centre and moved to a daughter caring for an ailing mother. …
Bruce, Neel, Phil and Janice spent most of an hour on the subject of song structures with 4 different examples. We talked about:
- the prologue verse (I Left my Heart in San Francisco)
- writing for musical theatre (My Funny Valentine)
- the connection between segment style and lyrical content (Band on the Run)
- Sloan’s song with its many sections and its Beatles influence (Fading into Obscurity)
All in all, a fun and informative show.…
Seasoned professional guitarist, singer-songwriter, and all-around nice guy Scott Neary shares some of his best kept songwriting secrets. Scott also accompanied the talented jazz songwriter Steven Teatz for his appearance on Song Talk Radio. We talked about:
- The great chorus debate – to repeat it verbatim or not?
Multi-talented singer songwriter Steven Taetz turned the Song Talk studio into a smoky nightclub with his perfect renditions of his own songs. Waiting for Wishes (co-written with Emma-Lee) had so many “hooks” we lost count (listen for pre-chorus one and two, and the first chorus!). …
Have a listen to an informative and lively discussion on chord substitutions. In this show we talked about:
- the Circle of Fifths
- Nashville numbers
- one/four/five chord progressions
- the sixth, seventh, and ninth chords
- how easy it is to use the Circle of Fifths to add colour to your song
- Chord Substitution on YouTube
- Learning on lynda.com
On this highly informative and entertaining show, we talked with John Glover:
- how John adapted his guitar playing after a hand injury
- the difference between “cathartic creativity” and the hard work of writing songs
- Justin Rutledge‘s songwriting workshop
- lyrics versus poetry
- playing with Willie P.
A very special show with Song Talk Radio’s co-host and co-creator Bruce Harrott, showcasing and discussing the process behind some of his best songs. We talked about:
- Bruce’s traditional approach with writing lyrics first, and trying a different approach now
- working with different producers
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- writing about real experiences (“staying true to the story”)
- using different melody/chords in bridge vs.
We don’t usually talk about Artist promotion in the Song Talk Radio Newsletter. You can find lots of places on the web that cover that.
But we do see a lot of submissions so we see all the different levels of “promotional” abilities in artists – and some could really use a few pointers.…
The awesomely talented former recording engineer Bob Guido shared some absolutely mesmerizing sounds with the Song Talk Radio audience. With his guitar and effects he played Letting Go, a dreamy instrumental which showcased Bob’s mastery of melody and form. His second tune Wake Up Call featured Bob’s vocals and lyrics in a haunting arrangement that called for more love in the world.…
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.…
Often on Song Talk Radio, this question arises. Sometimes, it’s fun for the hosts to try and guess. “Your song sounds very cerebral,” or “Your song sounds very intuitive.” The guests themselves tell us how well considered every decision in their songwriting process is, or tell us “It just came to me.” …
Millions of songs have been written and I imagine millions more are written every day. So why do I think it’s a good idea to add a few of mine to the mix?
Most importantly, it’s a way for me to be creative; like air, water or food – it is essential to my happiness.…