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A fun, loose, free-wheeling weekly radio show for songwriters. It is not a singer/songwriter showcase or an interview show, but a way for songwriters to talk about all the technical aspects of writing songs, sharing what they've learned along the way and how we can all get better at writing songs. The show talks about every genre you can think of: pop, rock, folk, jazz, punk, electronica, dance, and Rap. We have special theme shows where we talk about Bridges, Chord substitutions and the odd Movie show. Think of it like one of those talking head sports shows – ‘cept with less yelling.

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A fun, loose, free-wheeling weekly radio show for songwriters. It is not a singer/songwriter showcase or an interview show, but a way for songwriters to talk about all the technical aspects of writing songs, sharing what they've learned along the way and how we can all get better at writing songs. The show talks about every genre you can think of: pop, rock, folk, jazz, punk, electronica, dance, and Rap. We have special theme shows where we talk about Bridges, Chord substitutions and the odd Movie show. Think of it like one of those talking head sports shows – ‘cept with less yelling.

    For a songwriter, what makes a great love song? Our 5 top songs

    For a songwriter, what makes a great love song? Our 5 top songs

    We talk about our top love songs, how they work and what tricks the songwriters used.

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    • 57 min
    Keeping It Real with Blair Packham

    Keeping It Real with Blair Packham

    This week SongTalk welcomed our old friend Blair Packham to our studio.

    The Toronto-based artist, first gained attention for his work with ’80’s power pop band The Jitters. He is now an acclaimed solo artist and musician. Blair released two strongly-reviewed solo albums before shifting his focus to composing music for TV and films, teaching songwriting at the post-secondary level and in numerous special event workshops, and co-hosting a long-running major market weekly radio show about music (“In the Studio” on the BellMedia talk radio network).

    Truth is Blair is more than just a friend of the show, he is more like the older brother who always turns you on to the latest cool music trends. This week, Blair dropped by talk about authenticity in popular music – is it a scam, is it necessary, can you get it, can you lose it? Take a listen and find out.

    We talked with Blair about:



    * what authenticity actually means

    * was it always a selling point in pop music

    * how does authenticity benefit a musical artist

    * is it an attainable goal and should you even bother



    On Amazon: Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

    http://blairpackham.com/

    • 56 min
    The Hosts Take on Their First Songwriting Challenge

    The Hosts Take on Their First Songwriting Challenge

    About three months ago, we asked our listeners to suggest a songwriting challenge or prompt for us to explore. Organizations like the Toronto Songwriting Association often prompt their members with challenges such as “Take a cliche and turn it on its head”, or “Write a song about a home appliance.” Singer-songwriter and former Song Talk Radio crew-member Linda Lavender joined us as a co-host – thanks Linda!

    We received several songwriting challenge suggestions, and chose one from listener Don Thompson (who is now our audio tech genius) to write a “happy or positive lyric in a minor key.”

    We gave ourselves about a month (including the 2019/20 holiday break) to write a song to the challenge. Don even joined in on the fun!

    Mike wrote a heartfelt lyric, arguably in a major key, while Neel tried his darnedest to not use any major chords, Phil wrote an inventive chord progression with a cool modulation into the chorus, and Don wrote a sweet lyric while starting each song section with a minor chord.

    This episode has 40% more fat, without any added sugar. (It’s 20 minutes longer than our typical episode, kids).

    We talked about:



    * our different approaches to the challenge

    * how a challenge can force you to write in a way you never otherwise would

    * what it means to be in a minor key

    * the suitability of an f-bomb in a happy/positive lyric

    * an interesting article on the success of Bille Eillish

    * The TuneSmith Writing Application for Mac & Windows

    * Rhyme Genie the ultimate desktop Rhyme-assist tool for songwriters



    Download the lyrics to follow along

    Rich In Love by Michael Proudfoot

    Sweetest Thing by Don Thompson

    Music and Me by Neel Modi

    All I do by Phil Emery

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Jadyn Lamb: How to build your musical career one track at a time

    Jadyn Lamb: How to build your musical career one track at a time

    Described as “sickly sweet”, singer/songwriter Jadyn Lamb embodies moody electronic pop with a style similar to Lorde and Kate Bush. Jadyn was joined on the show by her producer Marco Palma (Material City).

    We talked about:



    * FACTOR Canada

    * MusicExpo happening in Mississauga this weekend!

    * Upcoming Song Talk Challenge songwriting challenge: positive lyrics in a minor key.

    * BOSE

    * NextChord.APP chord suggesting app for iOS

    * ROYAL MINT UNVEILS NEW £5 COIN CELEBRATING FREDDIE MERCURY AND QUEEN

    * What musician would you like on the new Canadian $5 bill

    * The Eric Alper PR

    * Foley in modern music

    * https://www.jadynlamb.com

    * https://www.instagram.com/jadynlamb

    * https://www.twitter.com/jadynlamb

    * https://www.facebook.com/jadynlambmusic

    * JADYN LAMB – Long Way Home Lyric Page

    * JADYN LAMB – Bad Sign Lyric Page



     

     

    • 56 min
    How Featurette add emotion to Electro-Pop

    How Featurette add emotion to Electro-Pop

    This week SongTalk welcomed FEATURETTE to our studio.

    The Toronto-based duo FEATURETTE, formed by singer Lexie Jay and drummer, Jon Fedorsen, makes emotionally-charged, heavy-hitting electro-pop music that has been met with international critical acclaim.

    After receiving their first full recording grant from FACTOR Canada, the duo released their debut LP CRAVE in October, 2016. The duo have played alongside such notable acts as Alessia Cara, Dear Rouge and Walk Off the Earth – to name just a few.

    FEATURETTE’s distinctive honesty and grit is front and centre in their sophomore album Dream Riot which was just released on January 17th via all streaming platforms. They brought their high energy and love of music to our studio to chat about all things musical. And, of course, their bunny head.

    We talked with Lexie and Jon about:



    * the unique reason that Featurette was formed

    * how Lexie uses the sounds of words to spur her lyric writing

    * the way songs evolve from solo piano to sonic songscapes

    * the role music video plays in the concept of Featurette

    * creating melody from non-melodic sources

    * our previous show on Protest Songs







    Website: http://featurettemusic.com/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/featurettemusic

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FeaturetteMusic

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/featurettemusic

    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FeaturetteMusic

    Press Room: https://featurette.prezly.com/media

    • 55 min
    It’s a Christmas Extravaganza!

    It’s a Christmas Extravaganza!

     

    This week SongTalk welcomes… Christmas into our studio.

    For our Xmas Eve show, we all brought in our favourite Christmas songs and had a good chat about what makes them so great. Featuring some classics and some new songs that you may not have heard before. So pour yourself some Rum and Eggnog or some other suitable libation and have a listen.

    Happy Holidays! from the entire SongTalk Gang!

    • 59 min

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