singer-songwriter

Bruce with the team

Keeping it real with Bruce Harrott

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. verses
  • chord substitutions

Blues lite with Peter Light

What a delight to have Peter Light in the studio and hear some down-to-earth songwriting. I Let Her Go was a unique take on “the one that got away”. Charlie’s Playin’ the Blues was a cool tongue in cheek visit to the world of traditional blues – done with great craft and artistry.

 

Bob Guido serves up some ambient vibes

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. Some of the topics that came up included:

www.bobguido.bandcamp.com

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Giving yourself a deadline to get stuff done: Janice Ho

Our very own Tweeting SongBird, Janice moved to the other side of the mic. We talked about her having Opera training and her natural bluesy style.

Some stuff we talked about:

Audio Insurgency means cool collaborators

Toronto based duo Audio Insurgency dropped by the Song Talk Radio studio to share two very cool tunes. One was in a demo form, the other an instrumental track with the vocals still to be added in. Audio Insurgency has been making music for the past 2 years in genres ranging from EDM to orchestral. Their aim is to entertain and inspire. To make people feel feelings. To make them feel alive and energized, sad and in need of a warm cup of tea, and everything in between. Audio Insurgency has recently written the soundtrack for two short films and is working on an EP to be released in summer 2016.

Scott B with the team

Prolific songwriting with Scott B Sympathy

Scott B Sympathy returned to Song Talk Radio to talk about how his songwriting process has evolved over twenty years, why you should write everyday, and why every song doesn’t need a bridge. He also played Downhearted live, and played back Come & Go from his Massey Harris album.

We talked about:

Daneil with the team

Folk Songs with a spanish flavour with Madrid native, Daniel Caceres

Madrid, Spain born indie-folk songwriter Daniel Caceres has traveled to Toronto for a year and stopped by the Song Talk Radio studios with some great folky songs. He’s played in bands back in Madrid but is now exploring writing songs on his own.

Stuff we talked about

Listen to the show:

Daniel’s Performance Videos

 

 

Brian Sasaki with the team

Brian Sasaki Returns: Exploring Olde Timey Jazz Swing

Brian Sasaki, a musical force of nature, swept into our little studio with three band members (Michael on bass, Stanley on violin, and Kyle on drums) and really rocked the joint. His energetic and all-out-there tunes hook you right from the start. Look Out the Window featured Brian on guitar and kazoo (check out Tomasz Sacha on YouTube, says Brian).

Favourite lyric – “Anything’s a sundial if you leave it in the sun for a while.” On Life’s a Pest Brian added a very convincing mouth trumpet that helped lift the darker lyrics into the light (e.g “Life is just a pest… no one goes untested, unmolested by this mess …”).

That’s Alright had a 30’s jazz/blues feel with more of Brian’s off-the-wall lyrics including “I clean my ears, I blow my nose, I trim the nails on my fingers and toes…” that was loved unanimously. If there is one word for the songs of Brian Sasaki’s song writing, it’s “entertaining”. Have a listen!

 

Some stuff we talked about:

The art of songwriting with The Sun Harmonic

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. “When the Well Runs Dry” switching from 4/4 to 2/4 and back again, prompted lots of discussion among the hosts about its meaning. Here’s a hint – it’s something all writers fear – have a listen! “I Will Sleep Again” was written on a long commute and sung into a cell phone. Its powerful bridge near the end is just one of the highlights of this song.

Putting a fresh spin on the familiar with Callie Deacon

Young singer-songwriter Callie Deacon shared her exceptional songwriting talent, impressing the guys with her ability to spin familiar phrases and ideas into original ones.  Callie takes strong cues from Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.

We talked about:

  • why writing on the guitar is more fun than the piano (please note: this is the sole opinion of the guest, and does not necessarily reflect that of the Song Talk Radio Action Team)
  • song structures
  • how to include a “Morrissey” lyric
  • when to include a pre-chorus