Bruce, Neel and Phil were all happy to have Patrick Ballantyne back in the Song Talk Radio studio for the third time. He always brings great songs (listen to “Make Believe” and “Sky” for proof) and lots of experience to share about the songwriting process for our listeners. When writing a song, he starts with the music – almost always on the guitar. For contrast, he has started writing on the piano where he has less competency and is forced to “keep it simple.” After writing solo for many years, he recently joined a group of collaborators and enjoyed the process.
The always entertaining singer/songwriter TC FolkPunk returned to the show and played a couple of punky solo electric guitar songs and talked about playing solo without a band with just an electric guitar.
Some Stuff We Talked About
- TC FolkPunks first appearance on Song Talk Radio
- Lyrics: Sort of Like Danielle & The World of You
- T.c. Folkpunk: the pros of being a one-man band
- Acting in and composing for “Love in the Sixth” movie (directed by Jude Klassen)
- Learning from The Beatles’ chord progressions
- Yamaha’s new REVSTAR electric guitars
- Editing lyrics: put in the work
- The Chorus: to repeat or not to repeat
- Selling music via Bandcamp and on hardcopy CD
- Creating different sounds when performing on the electric guitar
- Gigging do’s and don’ts
- TC FolkPunk Website
- TC on Facebook
- TC at Twitter
- TC on Instagram
- TC on YouTube
- TC on CDBaby
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Faaria was one of our first guests on Song Talk Radio (check out her first episode) and she joined us once again with new songs about relationships, where none of them are autobiographical (or so she claims).
Stuff we talked about:
- writing from different point-of-views
- relationship songs
- how practicing songwriting can affect the enjoyment of listening to other songs
- progressing the story or idea from verse to verse
- spicing up chords using the Circle of Fifths
- the value of collaboration and playing around with songwriting suggestions
Download the lyrics for Faaria’s songs.
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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. In our wide-ranging conversation we also touched on the following:
- who are you writing for?
- does the song connect emotionally with the listener?
- collaboration is good
- ask for feedback and use it
- write from your creativity
- the new singer-songwriter accent (Shawn Mendes song Stitches for example)
- song-writing workshops (songstudio.ca)
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Maple Blues Award Best New Artist nominee and harmonica player, Son Roberts stopped by the Song Talk Radio studios with guitarist John Crosbie and had a fun and wide ranging conversation about writing blues influenced tunes.
Here’s what we talked about:
- The Maple Blues Awards
- Son Roberts Lyrics – Not Nuff NIght
- Son Roberts Lyrics – Cold Black Chair
- Listener’s question: Am I being too self-critical?
- non-standard blues
- Son Roberts official website
- Son Roberts on Facebook
- Son Roberts on Twitter
- Son Roberts on YouTube
- Buy “Tell That Story” on iTunes
The always brilliant Braeden Mitchell returns to Song Talk Radio to talk about co-writing, writing songs for other artists and getting back into the songwriting groove after taking a bit of a break.
Some stuff we talked about:
- How to write songs for other artists
- SAC Songwriters Challenge
- Keeping a list of song titles
- place the strongest words or keywords on strongest beats (so in 4/4, beats 2 & 4)
- Madhatters Pub
- Braeden’s first appearance on Song Talk Radio
The very talented Kaleb Hikele stopped by during his tour and played some great tunes, even one written for a wedding.
Some stuff we talked about:
- working on pushing your limits
- playing for weddings
- strategies for lyric writing
- passing chords
Singer-songwriter Tony Burns shares his fun but sensuous, blues-inspired tunes and talks about taking part in various singing communities.
Other great topics in this show include:
- Double entendres
- Toronto Song Circle
- “Painting a picture” in songwriting
- Twitter: @yontburns
- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tonyburnsca
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Singer songwriter Jules delivers three powerful tunes live in the studio. She’s just 14 and yet is well on her way along the road as a professional. Jules has been writing songs since she was 10. Some stuff we talked about:
Melanie treats the team to two live performances, talks about duality and contradictions in her songs, and asks the ultimate Facebook quiz question, “Is your guy good on paper?”
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