65 episodes

This is a weekly podcast about the craft of songwriting hosted by Berklee College of Music Professor Scarlet Keys. She takes deep dive into the craft, technique and art of songwriting in conversations with eminent songwriters, producers, and other creatives asking questions only a songwriting professor would ask so listeners can walk away inspired and armed with clear and actionable tools and techniques they can apply to their songwriting.

What's in a Song Scarlet Keys

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This is a weekly podcast about the craft of songwriting hosted by Berklee College of Music Professor Scarlet Keys. She takes deep dive into the craft, technique and art of songwriting in conversations with eminent songwriters, producers, and other creatives asking questions only a songwriting professor would ask so listeners can walk away inspired and armed with clear and actionable tools and techniques they can apply to their songwriting.

    Minisode - The impact and storytelling of NOUNS

    Minisode - The impact and storytelling of NOUNS

    The storytelling effects of nouns.

    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 17 min
    Minisode: The song changing effects of good verbs

    Minisode: The song changing effects of good verbs

    In this minisode, I talk about the power of verbs and how they can do more than just their expected work but can help to tell your story, create characters and build metaphors.

    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw




    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/


    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1



    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 20 min
    Singer/songwriter Ingrid Saga on jazz, Joni Mitchell's influence, guitar tunings and process

    Singer/songwriter Ingrid Saga on jazz, Joni Mitchell's influence, guitar tunings and process

    In this episode, Ingrid talk about her influences, meeting her producer and shares three songs from her upcoming album.

    She talks about writing in opening tuning and writing process.

    https://www.instagram.com/ingridsaga/?hl=en

    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/


    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 56 min
    Aidan Laprete on finding your sound and gibberish as a lyric writing process

    Aidan Laprete on finding your sound and gibberish as a lyric writing process

    In this Episode I talk with singer/songwriter/producer/actor Aidan Laprete about
    Voice lessons, finding your sound, and producing.
    He walks us through writing melody takes - gibberish to find melodies, turning mumbles into words and making it make sense and shares guitar voicings to help you out of sonic ruts.

    Aidan is from Hawaii and was first known for his ukulele playing at age 8.  He has been in film and tv such as "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Wilds" and performs and dissects several of his newly released songs sharing his process.

    More on Aidan:
    http://www.instagram.com/aidanlaprete
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/2odS5igGjEJRondDXWBy0K?si=Dcy6AVQgTd6IZxZqW-iAXw
    http://www.twitter.com/aidanlaprete
    http://www.facebook.com/aidanlaprete


    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/


    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Writing For T.V. and film and how a little bit of Woo woo can help us with Stuart Roslyn

    Writing For T.V. and film and how a little bit of Woo woo can help us with Stuart Roslyn

    Stuart Roslyn is a composer, producer and musician specializing in original music for motion pictures and their trailers.  He also creates unique soundscapes for network tv and big brand commercials.  His career spans more than 20 years composing and producing many genres of music for the biggest names in entertainment.  He is either directing a full orchestra or writing and mixing in his studio.

    Today, Stuart is here to talk about his approach to work and to life.  This episode is packed with wonderful advice for working and living.

    https://stuartroslyn.com/

    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "What if it All Goes Right"
    https://www.scarletkeys.com/store/what-if-it-all-goes-right







    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The songwriting of Taylor Swift - Two things we can learn from the craft of her songwriting

    The songwriting of Taylor Swift - Two things we can learn from the craft of her songwriting

    In this episode, I share a little peak into the craft and poetry of Taylor Swift's songwriting.
    We look at her choice of chord progressions and  one way in to one of her epic bridge sections as well as her use of metaphor.

    You will walk away with a few tools from the woman currently ruling the world that you can try in your own songs no matter what the genre.

    Upcoming workshop signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-songwriting-of-taylor-weekend-virtual-songwriting-workshop-tickets-747266814157?aff=oddtdtcreator

    Mixed by Peter Sykes: https://www.petersykesmusic.com/

    Otto Gross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnxx19QD-vxD4wnYGTn3Jw
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/
    Scarlet's website:

    https://www.scarletkeys.com

    Scarlet's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scarletkeysofficial/

    To purchase Scarlet Keys' book "The Craft of Songwriting:

    https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Songwriting-Music-Meaning-Emotion/dp/0876391927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PP55NU6E9ST6&keywords=the+craft+of+songwriting&qid=1659573139&sprefix=the+craft+of+songwritin%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

eart&music ,

Inspired and accessible

I’m kind of a picky listener when it comes to podcasts but this one is top notch. I am an artist, musician and a geek about listening to anything having to do with the creative process. Scarlet’s conversations with her guests are down to earth and inspiring and I hope this podcast is around for a long long time. (My phone erased a star last time so I’m hoping this fixes it! Five stars!)

Little Davey & The Rolling 88s ,

Excellent Songwriting Interviews

Scarlet is an excellent interviewer...insightful, encouraging, and adept. She features a wide range of songwriters, producers, et al. in this podcast who share their experiences and techniques. The podcast is both entertaining for the casual listener and useful for aspiring and accomplished songwriters alike.

Middle Walter ,

Great podcast!

Scarlet has so many talented songwriter friends/guests. She and her guests share practical tools and inspiration for songwriting from every angle. She’s a great teacher, interviewer and songwriter, and this podcast is the best. My highest recommendation!

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