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.
Listen to the episode here:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-173-Bob-Wiseman.mp3 Some stuff we talked about:
Young pop sensations the Command Sisters (Charlotte and Sarah) joined us to talk about writing as a sibling duo and working with producers.
Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Bruce.
We also talked about:
how to write a 2-chord song
Book of Mormon whether to repeat lyrics in each chorus
the challenge of writing direct lyrics vs. abstract lyrics
when editing, do you change the lyrics or the melody?
Download the lyrics for the songs,
Back To You and Low Profile. Listen to the show
https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-167-Command-Sisters.mp3 Watch the live performances
Connect with the Command Sisters
Command Sisters website
Braeden Mitchell returned to Song Talk Radio for his third visit and contributed to a very lively and informative discussion of songwriting and recording. He shared two songs with us, Glory Days and Everyday Girl, both from his upcoming EP release. We talked about:
moving from a pop-rock sound to a folk-country style
a producer’s influence on approach, arrangements, structure, and more
why perform songs in a club to “test-drive” them before recording
how co-writing helps create a better song
Oh Susanna how to meet other song writers (at shows just say, “hello, I loved your song”)
EP release show at the Dakota Tavern
Murphy’s Law’s of Songwriting Listen to the complete show
Follow along with the lyric sheets
Everyday Girl Watch the performance videos
Connect with Braeden
Toronto-based virtuoso electronic music duo
Audio Insurgency joined us for a second time to talk about their latest projects, including an album of inventive video game music covers.
Audio Insurgency is made up of Alon Rodovinsky and Ivan Popov. The guys
previously appeared on Song Talk Radio in early 2016.
Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Bruce for this show. Thanks Patrick!
We talked about:
song writing vs. music creation
how you know when your song is done (hint: song structure is the key)
the roles between Alon as composer and Ivan as producer and sound engineer
using a melody note outside the chord to open up a section of the song
ways to come up with your title for an instrumental piece
whether or not to change your tonal center in a dance song
440Hz vs 432Hz tuning debate Listen to the show:
Angela Saini joined us to talk about her process and two beautifully crafted songs: Something Like I’m Beautiful and Living on the Bright Side. We talked about:
Switching from a major to minor key for your bridge
How to connect emotionally with your listeners
Song endings – to resolve to not resolve?
Putting the em-PHA-sis on the right syl-LAB-ble
Thanks to our guest social media maven – Hema!
Listen to the full episode
lyrics for Angela’s songs. Watch the live performances
Connect with Angela Saini
Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson joined us again, this time with her original holiday-themed love songs. Melanie has been deemed “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by the BBC and a “superb songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun.
She was last on our show in 2015.
We talked about:
Listen to the whole show
https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Song-Talk-Radio-Episode-150-Melanie-Peterson.mp3 Watch the live performance
Connect with Melanie
Indie rock band
Beige Shelter stopped by to talk about forming the band, producing their first album, and performed two songs. Our very own Neel Modi took the co-guest seat as producer, drummer, and co-writer. A good friend of Song Talk Radio, Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Neel’s host spot.
Beige Shelter is:
Adi Aman – songwriter, vocals, rhythm guitar, ukulele, harmonica
Neel Modi – producer, percussionist, co-writer on
Colours Tom Kuczynski – bass guitar
Karan Sabharwal – lead guitar (absent)
We talked about:
Adi’s first appearance on Song Talk Radio over two years ago Where the band name came from
Adi’s approach to capturing a wide range of emotions with his yin-yang philosophy of songwriting
Neel’s approach to producing the album –
check out his blog post on this Playing with your key signature to find the sweet spot for your vocals
you can listen to Beige Shelter’s debut album, Rumours we make, paths we take Listen to the whole show:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Song-Talk-Radio-Nov-15-2016-Beige-Shelter.mp3 Watch the live performances:
Singer/songwriter Robert Davis stopped by with some great fun songs and we talked about the following:
Listen to the episode:
Talented teen singer-songwriter Jules joined us again, after her
first appearance over a year ago. In the midst of writing songs for her sophomore release, Jules talked with the Song Talk Radio Action Team about:
FACTOR grants for Canadians, and why you should hire a grant writer
Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition writing from a title
writing lyrics that are open to interpretation
working on a lyric until it’s perfect
what a band brings to the songwriting process
how teens are feeling about issues and putting them into songs
Listen to the whole show:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/songtalk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Song-Talk-Radio-Aug-30-2016-Jules.mp3 Watch the live performances:
Carmen Toth / Social Potion joined us for the second time to talk about a new song, and an older one, both of which are appearing on her upcoming album.
Stuff we talked about:
writing lyrics first, songs first, or improvising on the fly during a jam/collaboration
journalling / creating a “lyrics bank”
starting a song from an emotion
marketing to promote other artists
memorable titles in the world of singles
working with a producer to focus the song structure and strengthen commercial appeal
writing universal, relatable lyrics
using a bridge to bring a new perspective into the song
Carmen’s lyrics for the show. Listen to the complete episode: