Be entertained with a song and an extended chat, ranging from off the cuff banter/humour to life observations and song analysis.
Welcome to Song and a Chat. This is the podcast where you'll have the pleasure of listening to a new song each week - plus, you'll get to step into the shoes of a songwriter : You'll hear about the background of the song, the inspiration, how/ why the song came into being. After the song finishes, I'll go over the lyrics and finish each episode by looking at the song from a songwriting point of view. If you just want the song and no talk, the time where the song kicks in will be in the title of each episode.
Hi, my name is Pete Pascoe. I am a performer and composer - I love lyrics and I love a melody. I play piano and sing. I have a number of albums to my name.
I have written over 800 songs. Of course, not all of these songs I written will make it onto an album. As a songwriter, the first step for a new song is ( or was ) to record a demo. Often you catch something unique in this demo - something that is often not replicated in the studio cut....a certain feeling.
If you're looking to be entertained, like listening to new songs and live recordings, I hope you'll enjoy what's on offer here.
I have a stack of demos from which I'm sharing one on a weekly basis. Plus I relate anecdotes about my life as a piano man, from around the time each song was written. I treat each show as a mini intimate concert - with extended chat, which ranges from off the cuff banter/humour to life observations and analysis.
The idea is : the song can be listened to for pleasure in its own right, or the listener may choose to also be entertained and informed by the story around the song.
I'm really enjoying recording these podcasts. Each week I look forward to getting behind the mic, setting aside my current musical and artistic projects and casting my mind back in time by focussing on a song I've composed. It's turning out to be a satisfying - and sometimes surprising - time of reflection and discovery for me.
The lyrics and the recordings take me straight back to when the song was written.
Gain an insight into songwriting and listen to a series of snapshots of life of a songwriter / performer / artist.
It's a great way for me to archive a song and it's 'back story'. Music is to be shared. What point is there In having five songbooks and piles of demos gathering dust?
I welcome feedback - whether you're tuning in to enjoy music for music's sake, you enjoy finding out about the origins of songs, you're looking for tips on songwriting or perhaps you've got tips for me. Either way, I'll be learning plenty as I go along. Thanks for a having a read. Come on and join me for a listen.
Song and A Chat
Episode #50: Climbing Mountains (Song at 6.08)
Welcome to another 'songwriter speaks' episode. In fact, (Ta dah!!! ) this is my 50th episode. I really look forward to turning the mic on, having a chat and sharing a song (a demo) each week.
You can check out this week's song on YouTube ( Pete Pascoe Art and Music ) too - I videoed myself singing and playing 14 songs on Valentine's Day ( I went 'live' for the 1st 5 songs on Instagram). I particularly liked the version of this song. So I thought I'd look it at it for this episode.
The lyrics are about someone who's doing it tough. The title came from a book about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Mt Everest. I started with that title, then the thought of this person came strongly to me. Empathy appears to be a big part of being songwriter, if you are looking to engage a listener.
As I say, this person was really struggling, so: climbing a mountain? How about actually making to the kitchen table, for a start.
The result is a supportive sort of a lyric, 'we are there for you' sort of tone, while hopefully being in encouraging in a 'You've got this, you'll get through it' sort of way - 'but I want you to know, you're not alone'.
I wrote this song in 2016. It seems apt for now with so many people struggling around the world with covid -19
The music is slightly unsettling (intentionally so in the verses). It gets moving in the mid sections, then it's warm and predictable in the choruses - and ultimately reflective at the end.
It is such good fun writing songs. You really tune into a creative realm and it seems to be collaborative effort. It's fascinating to me.
Anyway, if I've piqued your curiosity, grab a cuppa, sit back and and I'll guide you through the process in a relaxed, inclusive manner including a look at the lyrics.
If you like new music, check this episode out - and then there's another 49 to go back and listen too! Or if you've been with me for a while now, thanks for tuning in each week. I hope you enjoy today's podcast.
Don't forget, the lyrics are on my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com
Song and A Chat
Episode #49: Original (Song at 6.24)
Hi, I'm Pete Pascoe. I'm a songwriter (800+songs), a painter, a pianist, cartoonist and a writer. I'm enjoying recording these episodes, talking about the creative song writing process that goes on...amongst other things.
Welcome to another episode of exploration, experimentation, information and fun...
This is the podcast where I feature a demo of a song I've composed. Each week, I endeavour to shed some light on where these songs come from.
It's a fascinating thing for me, analysing the process. It's often surprising to me just how much I can remember about how the lyrics and the music came together. I just follow my nose on these episodes, there's very little structure and I think this allows for freedom of thought - creative thought- which is exactly what's required to explain some of this business.
In this week's episode, I touch on self development, how that process can be enhanced, helped, etc by following a creative path.
I'm fully on that path. I'm very grateful that I've managed to hang onto the freedom I had as a child - freedom of thought and freedom in terms of what I choose to get up to with my life.
In this week's blog post, I've written about it. The importance of getting outside, away from the Internet, etc.
The song Original (song# 291) returns to that theme. In amongst some big picture sort of global conflicts/events It talks about the importance of finding your own path - it certainly doesn't have to be at odds with society, but I think ideally we need to live a life that is...an honest one. An original one.
As we grow, our world view grows and we change our views. This song was written by a relatively young person, finding his way in his twenties.
There's lots of songwriting tips, there's humour, life observations....you get the picture.
Thanks for tuning in. I hope you enjoy the music and I hope you enjoy the chat.
Here’s the link to my blog post which has the lyrics from Original and this week’s painting on it, plus a bit more. www.petepascoe.wordpress.com enjoy
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Episode#48: In My Own Time - (Song at 7.38 & 20.35)
Sometimes the cliche of ‘a dark time in a life being the time where seeds can be planted and eventually grow into something new’....happens.
This is what happened with In My Own Time.
One dark night long ago, I wrote down exactly the thoughts that came into to my mind- stream of consciousness style.
The music does reflect the mood of those words. But there's an underlying sort of uplifting lilt that comes through, almost despite myself. It seems to be an ongoing theme in my at and music - I will generally offer something that is ultimately uplifting.
But it's true. The artist's pain can become something that gives people pleasure, that's just one of the great things about the arts.
In this episode, I also include some of the version the band eventually recorded. It's quite ‘up’. So much so, it became the song we played first at all our gigs for a few years.
Here's where you can hear the whole song ( and the album ‘This World Offers You) https://petepascoe.bandcamp.com/music
So from the dark night of the soul, something has grown and it has lasted.
No matter what you're up to, if you're on a path, following a passion, never give up. Just keep moving and you’ll get through.
In this episode, I also play a quick snippet of a song ‘Unwind’. I recorded an instrumental version of it today. You can see the video on YouTube at Pete Pascoe Art and Music
Any artistic path has its rocky parts. You've just got to be determined - and perhaps a little mad - to see it through at times. When I wrote these lyrics, I wasn’t exactly on top of the world….and this week, on Sunday, I painted a picture at the beach. It was a really rough day. Very moody colours, but I had a job just hanging onto my canvas, let alone getting paint in the right places. But I got there!
I'm loving sharing my songwriting tips, ideas, etc... Each week, I look forward to recording an episode for this podcast. I record my spoken voice the way I rewrite my lyrics: I shoot from the hip, go with instinct and sense of exploration - and I have fun. Actually that's not a bad recipe to keep in mind when you're trying to get into the creative zone required to do anything in the arts.
Ok, I hope you enjoy this episode as much a I enjoyed recording it.
If you do enjoy it, there's 40 odd episodes to discover. Please do follow me here..and spread the word!
See more on petepascoe.wordpress.com. Links to art and music there.
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Episode #47: I Wish (Song at 5.44)
If you had one thing you could wish for, what would it be?
There are people that come into your life, sometimes very briefly, who just seem to have the words to say that are exactly what you need to hear at that time of your life.
It's a knack these people have. They are generally great listeners. They don't say much, but what they do say is worth listening to.
I think they are generally very empathetic people, they keep an eye open where they can help out quietly, without making a song and dance about it.
Years a ago, I met a bloke briefly at a restaurant where I was the piano man. At the end of the evening, he waved me over to his table and we had a great conversation.
I think he could tell I was driven, passionate and finding my way as a young fella.
At the concierge, he left me a list of books he'd read and enjoyed, with some comments. But that evening, he looked me straight in the eye and said " If there was one thing in the world you could wish for, what would it be?”
I went back to my hotel room and wrote this song, based on his words.
Looking back, I think he was giving me a gentle nudge to keep me on track, to support me as I followed my dream of being a songwriter and performer.
I'm still on that path today.
Today was a great day, peaceful, and beautiful by the water. I painted a picture of the pier at Mornington - you can see it on this week's post my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com -lots of art and music on this blog - and you can find the lyrics to 'I Wish' at the end of the blog post. Each week I put the lyrics to the podcast song of the week on my blog post.
So if you like reading along, maybe open up the blog before you start listening and read along once I start singing. You could also follow my blog! Or sign up to my email list - I'd love that - write to me at email@example.com
What would I wish for? Tune in and find out....enjoy!
Song and A Chat
Episode #46: To The Sea (Song at 8.15)
In each episode, I attempt to give you an insight as to where the featured song came from, what it's about, etc.
This episode’s song, however, is an elusive fish. It's more about the feeling. It's an 'observation' sort of a lyric, delving into deep archetypal sort of undercurrents that go on between male and female energies. It talks about the dance and dramas that seem to happen to most of us as we find way along in our lives, while keeping an eye out for a potential long term relationship....
I guess it's about how things tend to sort of come together naturally if we allow them to. That said, it's a complex business and has been studied - and agonised over - since forever.
Perhaps I've just caught a feeling, managed to weave that into some lyrics and floated them on a tune without really answering any questions.
An image that comes to me each time in the third verse is: looking in a window at a brightly lit old inn, somewhere near the sea. It's late in the evening, and there are reflective men in there, perhaps catching their reflections in the window as they cast their thoughts back over the years...
If all this sounds sort of mysterious, well, it is. And that's the essence of any art. The thing is, if it rings true as you are writing, then it's worth completing because if it's true to you as a composer, it will ring true to the listener.
See if this song stirs any feelings for you (It starts at 8min 15seconds in).
Before and after the song rolls, in amongst the serious business of analysing a craft, I talk about the week I'm having, some of the things that are going on. Plus there's a memory here of a gig I played in a restaurant where some bread rolls became airborne... All good fun. It's great to be able to relate some of these funny things that have happened to me on gigs and otherwise.
Song and A Chat
Episode #45: Girl Called Insomnia (Song at 7.45)
Hi there and welcome to another episode. This week I’ve done something different: I’ve found an episode I recorded quite early on in proceedings, which I forgot about.
It was fascinating for me to listen back to an ‘old’ episode - there’s been much that I’ve changed, interns of presentation, energy, etc.
But the thing is, the idea, the premise of providing entertainment, song analysis and funny stories was there at the start - and those key elements are still the focus as we are up to the mid 40 episodes published now.
It would’ve been a shame had I not published this episode. There’s a lot of information here…
When songwriting being determined is so important. Sticking with it, learning as you go along, asking questions to find your path. There’ll be false starts…
I think you can apply this to pretty much anything in life. On this episode I talk about brief jobs I had (in a pet shop & a piano shop). I can certainly apply this concept to my ‘evolution’ as I’ve gone along, recording these episodes.
I also talk about arranging a song, multi tracking, making intuitive decisions as questions come up. The main thing is: is it good for the song? If so, it’s in. If not, it’s ‘outta there’!
The important thing is songwriting is a mysterious process. I won't tell you how to write a song - but I'll tell you how I write a song.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode as much as I did, listening back today. It features song #17, from 1987!
By the way, I relate the time I auditioned for my 2nd (ever) piano man gig with Funeral For A Friend some years ago. Here I am on this video, playing it all these years down the track..
Thanks for tuning in. Catch you next week.