With her unique voice, inventive phrasing, and heart-centred lyrics, Christine Gaidies filled our little studio with music and conversation about “love and life”. From endings (My Hear is in the West) to sexy middles (Love 101) and the frustrations of searching for love (All I Ever Really Wanted).her songs weave a spell. Listen to the sweet vocal harmonies and the powerhouse band and join the fan club!
Incredible guitarist and singer / songwriter David Dino White stopped by and played us some songs with original approaches to lyrics, melody and song structure. Kinda of a Violent Femms vibe.
Some stuff we talked about
- Producer Ben Leggett
- Power Tab Software: sending tabs to a band before practice to speed up the process
- Playing in Bands
- Drop D tuning
- The WhiteCoals
- Using dynamics for maximum impact
- Smoking the Hair of the Dog
- Starting with a lyric framework
You can find David at:
Although he was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, David Dino White first discovered music while attending high school in Bolton, Ontario. Frequenting heavy metal and high energy ska-punk shows was the cool thing to do at that point in time, so it only made sense in David’s mind, to start playing guitar and form a band. By grade 12 David’s dream of being in a band had come true, but it was cut short when high school ended and David had to move back to North Bay for university. In spite of the break up, David never stopped playing his guitar, and now, nearly a decade later, his unique blend of northern Ontario folk and southern Ontario rock has found itself a new band and a new band! David’s debut CD ‘Alone Together’ was released this passed July, is available on iTunes, bandcamp, spotify, and nearly every other internet source for music you can think of!
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
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 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
Listen to the full Episode:
Film composer Luciano Lombardi stops by and we find out all what you need to know when creating music for films.
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.
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.
The well traveled Robert Graham talks about writing some pretty cool tunes!