The 30 min Songwriting Podcast where you can sharpen your songwriting skills - and have a laugh or two.
"I love being a guest on Song Talk Radio! To have intelligent conversations about songwriting with actual songwriters is a beautiful thing. Sometimes the terrific hosts let me free-form what I want to talk about, and other times they’ll pick a songwriting subject, but either way, it’s fun, informative, and invigorating." - Blair Packham, frontman, The Jitters, Song Studio Founder
"I had such a fun time as a guest on The Song Talk Radio Podcast! Not only were they fun guys to ‘hang’ out with, but they asked questions that no other interviewers ever have and really delved deep in the meat and bones of my songs and songwriting in general. I’d go back in a heartbeat.” - Jesse Parent, songwriter
It is not a singer/songwriter showcase or an interview show, but a way for songwriters to talk about the technical aspects of 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.
The crazy tales of rock n’ roller Greg Godovitz
This week old school rock n’ roller Greg Godovitz enthralled us with tales from his long career and some great songwriting tips. You’ll never look at Shepard’s Pie the same way again!
Legendary Canadian musician and author Greg Godovitz continues to be an open book with the release of his new book, Up Close And Uncomfortable — available now! As a member of Fludd, Godovitz held eight Top 10 hits — including SOCAN Hall of Fame inductees with over 100,000+ airplays a-piece, “Cousin Mary,” “Brother and Me,” and “Turned 21.” As a member of Goddo, he released 11 albums while touring extensively; one such concert was front and centre for its 35th anniversary as a big-screen movie, The Return of the Pretty Bad Boys, in 2014.
We talked about:
* grabbing inspiration when it hits you for a new song
* do you need music theory to play rock n ‘roll? (Hint: no, you don’t)
* Electronic Tanpura Raagini
* Greg’s new book, Up Close and Uncomfortable
* Neel’s new video on trying out the Leimma Global Tuning system for MIDI instruments: https://youtu.be/-UxfiN28Afs
Mikalyn – Getting started early with songwriting
Impressive new talent Mikalyn stopped by to talk about starting off early, collaboration and songwriting.
We talked about:
Phil bought a drum kit
The Songwriting Challenge – stuff still coming in
The Songwriters Association of Canada
The New York Times: Now, THAT’s what I call a Bridge!
2nd Annual Songwriter Challenge: Listener Songs #2
This week we welcomed five more songwriters who sent us their answers to our latest songwriting challenge, to write a song with a single chord progression throughout. We got two protest songs, a song about social media, a rather tense relationship, and of course, COVID-19. We were so pleased to receive submissions from all over the world; thanks for sharing!
We talked about:
* How Phil found a neat way to use a simple looper pedal in his studio
* Being clear about your message in a protest song
* Using as few words as possible in your lyrics
* The hosts’ answers to the songwriting challenge
* The first batch of listener’s answers to the songwriting challenge
Download the lyrics to follow along:
* Tracey Dey – Messing with my Head
* Mark Ippolito – Another Mother’s Son
* Jo Faulkner – Give Me Time
* Sunny Zaman – The world has let its children down
* Jeff Putnam – Life is Hard
Funky Collaboration with Jellyfish Interrupted
Now physically- distanced duo Jellyfish Interrupted stopped by to talk about how they constructed a funky, lyric-driven track.
We talked about:
* The Copy RIght? Game
* The Bandname Generator
* Groove With You – Jellyfish Interrupted (Lyrics)
* Jellyfish Interrupted YouTube Channel
* Julian Taylor Juno Nominee
Jellyfish Interrupted is funk with a twist. The band formed when songwriters Paul Vos and Sherry Jacoby merged their styles to create a unique blend of retro disco and modern indie. After recording 5 studio tracks for their debut EP, they joined forces with Neel Modi and Nabil Durzi to record live videos of their groovy tracks. Their debut EP “Groove With You” was released on March 12 and is now available on all streaming platforms! You can follow Jellyfish Interrupted on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest updates.
Tomato Tomato and How Writing Simple Songs Can Be Complicated
This week SongTalk welcomed John from Tomato Tomato to our virtual studio.
They just might be Atlantic Canada’s most entertaining musical duo. The New Brunswick based pair – John and Lisa McLaggan – have built a reputation on a live show that is as much about their on-stage charisma as their musical multi-tasking and vocal excellence. This compelling mix has seen the duo build audiences and develop friendships across Canada through performances at major venues and festivals; and win over international audiences with repeat visits to Australia and the UK.
Equally well received by critics, the duo have received nominations from ECMA, Music/Musique NB, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning awards for Group Recording of the Year, SOCAN Song of the Year, and a well-deserved Hardest Working Artist award!
For their fifth record, they returned to Nashville in March to record with producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Estes, and an amazing group of Nashville based musicians. With most of the record complete, they returned home just in time for lockdown where they recorded their vocals and finished the record.
We are happy to have John and Tomato Tomato’s fresh new recording – a barnstorming new roots / rock record – as a guest on SongTalk Radio.
We had a great conversation with John about:
* writing for the perspective of two vocalists, male and female
* his journey from jazz musician to folk artist
* how playing cover songs will improve your songwriting
* the evolution of his lyric-writing
* working with the great Nashville musician Matt Combs
We talked about a Pitchfork article on Decolonizing Western Music – Khyam Allami creates recording software that is not constrained by Western Music structures, Check it out.
Old school reggae with Juno winner Kirk Diamond
JUNO Award-winning reggae singer, songwriter, producer and social activist Kirk Diamond shared his new single “Let It Be Done” — available now.
“‘Let It Be Done’ was written in light of the political climate and social unrest that has affected so many worldwide, myself included,” Diamond shares. “That’s directly, indirectly, or psychologically.”
Holding multiple #1 spots on the Canadian Reggae Chart for over 25 collective weeks, it’s no surprise Kirk Diamond has been named one of CBC’s 10 Canadian Reggae Artists You Need To hear. A multi-JUNO nominee, he won for his debut EP, Greater, in 2018. Kirk Diamond and his band The Movement Of Ahryel deliver reggae and dancehall en masse — including opening for Maxi Priest, Third World, Luciano and Etana, and more.
We talked about:
* The Song Talk Meetup
* Songwriting challenge listener’s songs (1st batch)
* building new songs based on loops of existing songs (e.g. Bob Marley)
* recording song ideas on your phone, or what to do if it’s too cold to grab your phone
* working with a band to develop your songs
* breaking down language barriers with reggae
* getting back to old school reggae instrumentation and grooves
* how to create variety in hooks over the same beat
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Songtalk is my favourite!
My friend introduced me to this podcast about a month ago and I have already binged so many episodes! I love all the facts and inspiration I get from the wide variety of artists and genres. Hearing other artists talk about their music, their inspirations, and whatever else is very fascinating. Also, the hosts Bruce, Neel, and Phil are great as well! I enjoy listening to the podcasts live and following along 🎶 One day I hope to be a guest on the show!!
Love this podcast!
Love your show! Since I’m just getting into songwriting your show is so helpful. It’s great how you also always give definitions for the terms you’re talking about. Keep it up 👍🏻
Funny and Informative
Not just useful for Toronto's musicians but also very humorous and relaxing to unwind to for fans. :)