The Song Talk Team reviews songwriting apps, with special guest
Allister Bradley, who went above the call of duty and showed up on crutches! Listen to the show
We talked about:
MasterWriter – a lyric-writing app with built-in thesaurus and rhyming dictionary
Music Memos – like having a back up band in your pocket!
GuitarTuna – free app for tuning your guitar or uke
SmartClick – Allister’s handy metronome app of choice
Garage Band – y’all know what this is, but did you know you can use it to record a complete song on your phone?
OnSong – for cataloging your song, and as a teleprompter for your performances
Capo Touch -a great way to learn your favourite songs
iRealPro – for charting your songs
Liquid Notes – for helping your understand chords and growing your chord palette
RhymeGenie and Tunesmith – a fully-functional rhyming dictionary with all the nuances – Allister was very impressed, and keep track of all your collaborators and commercial pitches with Tunesmith
is a Canadian singer-songwriter formerly with the band Julian Taylor Staggered Crossing. His songs have appeared in television series including Degrassi: The Next Generation. He now fronts the Julian Taylor Band. Julian dropped by the studio with his daughter Ella. We talked about:
Skookum Music Festival, Vancouver Basic core band members together for 24 years!
Music first or lyrics first?
Finding a “treasure chest” of memorabilia in the attic
New album called
Avalanche Checking the quality of the melody – whistle
Sweeter – unusual song structure, lots of Canadian references
Love Connection – cool structure started writing songs at age of 4
Mohawk/West Indian musical background
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Toronto singer/songwriter Michael Thorner dropped by the studio for a chat about his music. He brought two catchy tunes from his recent webcast/album release The ehMTee Show; Don’t Let it Go and Point Edward Fair. We talked about:
Don’t Let It Go
Point Edward Fair The Links
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Songwriter Dean Hajas stopped by and talked about grabbing inspiration and making a career in music.
We talked about
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Songwriter DAHLIA stopped by after her tour in India to talk songwriting.
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Patrick Ballantyne stopped by to pull apart two of his fave songs. The open and emotive “Cowboy” by Randy Newman, and “Somewhere” from West Side Story by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.
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True to form for Song Talk Radio, the day before Valentine’s Day seemed a good day to talk about break-up songs. So Phil brought “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce, Neel chose “One More Minute” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Bruce performed a new original tune “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, and Vanessa selected “White Blank Page” by the band Mumford & Sons. We talked about:
conflict in break up songs
break up song experts –
The Smiths, Jann Arden, Morrissey “
Operator” chord progression – I, III, IV, V ( Nashville numbering system), finger-picking, guitar riff “
One More Minute” – original song in a doo-wop style, one idea repeated getting more extreme, a bridge might have helped “I Don’t Love You…” – Key of E, lyric tune-up to bring clarity, needs a bridge?, Neel finds the word “hating” too harsh
White Blank Page” – maximum drama through arrangement, a religious song?, abstract songs let the listener interpret remembering phone numbers in the age of the cell phone
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Multi-platinum hit songwriter Shelly Peiken, has written songs for, and with, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Cher, Reba McEntire, Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks, Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, NSYNC, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato. Shelly Peiken is also a successful author who has written a book detailing her experiences in songwriting – “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter”. Shelly shared two songs with us – “Bitch” and “Who You Are”. Here are some of the things we discussed:
Shelly’s new book
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter – Shelly Peiken predicting a hit
how the business has changed
the birth of a hit song (“Bitch”)
using well-known chord progressions
moving to Los Angeles when it was the centre of music writing
writing for Christina Aguilera
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Pop music singer-songwriter
Amir Brandon joined us to talk about two of his upcoming songs, working with producer Thomas McKay, and the stories behind his songs.
We also talked about:
Collaborating with other songwriters
Battle Royale: grammar vs. lyric vs. meaning vs. melody
How to write a really long chorus
Chord choices and mixing up major, minor, and 7th chords
Last week’s show on
non-verbal hooks Doing
cover songs on youTube The competitive nature between Eddie Murphy’s and Freddie Mercury’s music careers (aka Phil’s faux-pas)
Narrative and longing through the seasons in
Waiting for Summer
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Diamonds-Rain-Lyrics and Waiting-for-Summer-Lyrics. Listen to the show
Producer, composer and Blue Rodeo founder, Bob Wiseman stopped by to share tips on pushing your songwriting approach to get out of a songwriting rut.
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