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.
Challenging the Tyranny of 440 hz
This week SongTalk resolved the controversy over standardized tuning to 440 hz!
Okay maybe we didn’t resolve anything. But we did invite our good friend and frequent guest Matthew Reid to discuss the origins of the standard tuning setting plus the pros and cons of having a standardized tuning set at 440 hz rather than the more “organic” 432 hz.
A bit of background – In 1953, a worldwide agreement was signed declaring that middle “A” on the piano be forevermore tuned to exactly 440 Hz. This frequency became the standard ISO-16 reference for tuning all musical instruments based on the chromatic scale, the one most often used for music in the West. All the other notes are tuned in standard mathematical ratios leading to and from 440 Hz.
There are some people – including popular songwriters – who think that using 432 hz is more organic and resonates with better with nature. We look into this debate and ask the hard questions…
Including topics like:
* does it really matter?
* is 432 hz really “a pure tone of math fundamental to nature”?
* is there a noticeable difference between different tunings apart from the change in frequency?
* how can playing with different tuning sets improve your songwriting
* is the standard 440 hz perpetuating the tyranny of Westernized musical structures?
The great 440 Hz conspiracy, and why all of our music is wrong: Alan Cross
All about NFTs in the music business with Eric Alper
“NFTs stand for non-fungible tokens, and they allow the audience and fan base to take part in auctions for unique content from the artists, labels, and festivals that they love, where the transactions go directly into the pockets of the artists.”
This is according to music publicist and blogger Eric Alper, of thatericalper.com.
We also talked about:
* The Song Talk Meetup
* The upcoming 4-hour long Kiss documentary
* Jazz Guitar Comping in the Style of Freddie Green
* NFTs as they are used by popular artists to engage with their fanbase in cool new ways
* How labels are getting into NFTs
* How NFTs relates to cryptocurrency in how they work
* Why you might want to engage in NFTs if you’re an emerging artist
Tips, Vaccines, Drum Kits and Song Tips
The guys share tips and talk about vaccines and drum kits and stuff.
We talked about:
* Neel’s electronic orchestra stuff
* Finding new structures for songs
* Cheap eDrum-kit woes
* Songs too long?
* Bands with great harmonies
* Morrisey’s no fun anymore
Home Recording and Digital Audio Workstations – Part 1
This week SongTalk dives into how to best use DAWs or Digital Audio workstations.
Home recording is booming and it’s not just because of Covid. Musicians have long been using different software at home to do what used to cost thousands of dollars in a professional recording studio. How do make the most of your home studio?
Joined by our good friend Don Thomson, SongTalk looks at some of some of our favourite recording software – Cubase, Logic and Cakewalk by Bandlab – as we discuss the most effective ways to make fantastic music in the comfort of your own home.
Including topics like:
* why we chose the software we use
* how to construct a song in a way that fits your approach to songwriting
* what are the key things to know about working with your DAW
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!
Fun, instructive, REAL! As a "Semi-Pro" Songwriter who's studied music theory and songwriting, this is the BEST songwriting podcast yet!! I've had one on one mentoring sessions with real hit writers and I've been to plenty of PRO Seminars and have been a member of (and am a Coordinator for NSAI) but this is something different and a real "shot in the arm" that boosts my sense of comradery. Thanks! G
I still dont no how to do it
Exactly what I was looking for
A show where I get to learn and examine songwriting, that's what I'm talking about!