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Singer-songwriter Alex Whorms and doctoral researcher Dana Swarbrick met while attending McMaster University. Last year, they collaborated to produce a concert research study at McMaster’s renowned LIVELab, a state of the art performance theatre and research facility, to study social bonding between performers and audience members at live music eve…
 
Jason Pilling is a singer-songwriter who draws lyrical content from a lifetime of being a regular nice-guy with a math degree, a nice little nuclear family, and 20 years of white-collar career experience. “I celebrate the nuance of a normal life,” Jason likes to say, by which he means he doesn’t do love songs. Genre-wise, ……
 
For our first episode of 2023, Phil and Neel hung out to talk about a bunch of things on our minds. We talked about: Our upcoming songwriting challenge to write in an unusual mode Peter Gabriel is releasing his first album of original songs since 2002 The Dreamtonics Synthesizer V virtual singer software, and Neel’s ……
 
Canadian artist Amanda Sum has recently released her brand-new debut album “New Age Attitudes” and was quickly featured as one of Exclaim! Magazine’s picks of the week. Blending musical elements of Indie-Pop, Jazz, and Alternative Folk with incredibly thought-provoking lyrics, Amanda’s work has received critical acclaim from major media outlets inc…
 
Bill Bartholomew is a singer/songwriter, musician, podcast and radio host and television journalist based in Providence, RI. He cut his teeth in Brooklyn’s DIY scene, NYC clubs like Mercury Lounge and The Knitting Factory and touring internationally as a solo artist and member of the band silverteeth, before relocating to Providence, RI. It is ther…
 
While some artists work to master their chosen genre and others may even manage to define one, Alex Whorms crafts music that is essentially a genre unto itself. Seated at her beloved keyboard, the young vocalist and composer flows freely and flawlessly between styles and sounds, gracefully blending classic singer-songwriter pop, jazz, soul, rock, c…
 
Allister Bradley, Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and technical director of the Song Studio Songwriter’s Workshop in Toronto, and co-host of the Hooks & Ladders youTube show with Blair Packham, joined us to talk about three songs with great bridges. We talked about: How the bridge differs from the verse and chorus How a good bridge ……
 
AKA our 9-year Anniversary! Our ex-co-host Mike Proudfoot joined us to reflect on the awesome year we had on Song Talk Radio. Our highlights included: Working with a Publicist: Bad Parade’s Kari Zalik on what a publicist needs to know about an artist for a promo campaign Terry Penney: Three Chords and the Truth and ……
 
Joey Cofone is Founder & CEO of Baronfig and an award-winning designer and entrepreneur. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Bloomberg, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, Quartz, Mashable, Gizmodo, and Print, among others. Joey was named a New Visual Artist and, separately, Wunderkind designer, by Print magazine. He is the author of the new b…
 
Filled with incredible vocals and musicianship often compared to the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Canadian Americana/Roots band Bywater Call has made their unprecedented mark on the Canadian and international Blues/Roots scene with their brand-new album, “Remain”. From explosive television performances to radio play across the country, their distinctive s…
 
Singer-songwriter and music educator Susan Cattaneo joined us once again, this time to talk about tips for overcoming writer’s block for songwriters. We talked about: writing in a different mode, on purpose a great video on understanding modes – The Modes Ranked by Brightness – YouTube lists of contemporary songs using modes, courtesy of Susan ……
 
Canadian musician Jerry Sereda is a decorated Country artist who can’t help but capture music fans everywhere he goes. With his gripping and energetic live performances, Jerry celebrates his Indigenous heritage by weaving personal stories and experiences into his delightfully catchy songs. Beginning his music career as the winner of a local music c…
 
Indian-Austrian Canadian country folk-pop artist Angela Saini is all about second chances and empowering others. She uplifts and inspires audiences with sing-alongs and storytelling about courage and finding joy in surprising places. BBC Radio has called the positive and upbeat songstress “massively talented”. Angela is most known for her sunshine-…
 
With a sound that seamlessly blends folk-rock and modern soul, there’s something for every music fan to love about singer/songwriter Matt Zaddy. A storyteller at heart, his music is filled with tales of life, love, hardship and redemption. As someone who has shared stages with a diverse array of artists including K’Naan, Francesco Yates, and ……
 
Nab-s D & Teresa is a new Toronto-based duo featuring funky basslines and powerful, soulful vocals. They featured their new single On The Run on the podcast this week. We talked about: writing an instrumental bed to support a singer leaving room for spontaneity in the studio structuring your song with very high contrast between sections ……
 
As part of our ongoing series of episodes about recording in your home studios, we talk to MIDI expert Mike Kent about MIDI 2.0 and the what the future holds. We talked about: Our first episode about MIDI from July 2021: All about MIDI How MIDI 2.0 introduces discoverability, meaning that your DAW can automatically ……
 
We continue to receive submissions from our listeners to our songwriting challenge. Thanks to everyone for their contributions! On this bonus listener episode, we feature songs by Andy Vann, Mira Chorik, and Sunny Zaman. We talked about: The Song Talk Meetup Why do you write songs? Send us a message and let us know! Rhythmic ……
 
With over three decades in the music industry, Newfoundland turned BC-based artist Terry Penney is well known for his incredible storytelling and has often been compared to some of the best writers of all time, including Steve Earle and John Prine. The MusicNL Songwriter of the Year has earned multiple nominations from both the Music ……
 
PEI-based artist Alicia Toner has had an explosive year since the release of her sophomore album “Joan”. Alicia brought home a 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award, became the most nominated artist at the Music PEI Awards this year for the project, and received multiple nominations at the East Coast Music Awards as well. Her album ……
 
We welcomed the return of our ex-co-host Michael Proudfoot, joining us to review our updated answers to the 2022 Songwriting Challenge. We talked about: Our new Songwriting Challenge webpage, featuring the original versions of our songs, plus listener song episodes The Song Talk Meetup Mashing up various styles and instruments Reaching out to other…
 
On this special episode, we share the third and final batch of listener answers to our 2022 songwriting challenge to write a song with the title Why Do You Cry? We talked about: Every possible Chord Symbol EXPLAINED video Jacob Collier Answers Music Theory Questions From Twitter video (and why a tritone is called a tritone) Chord ……
 
If Bruce Springsteen and Sara Bareilles formed a duo, put it through a Black Keys fuzz pedal, and added the blues and harmonies that made Fleetwood Mac famous, you would get Boston-area rock band Three At Home. Two voices with one guitar, a full band with horn section, or any permutation in between, Three At ……
 
Mississauga-based hip-hop artist Vivek Mehmi talks about his creative process through hardships, beat-making, poetry, and his song Around Your Finger. We talked about: Hip-hop songs structures with verses and hooks Striking a balance between a hook’s catchiness, flow, and message Taking inspiration from the 80s – objectively, the greatest decade ev…
 
On this special episode, we share the second batch (of three) of listener answers to our 2022 songwriting challenge to write a song with the title Why Do You Cry? We talked about: The Music Theory Iceberg video Best Free DAWs for Windows video Tunebat: Song Key & BPM Finder app varying your arrangement of ……
 
It’s always great to hear from our listeners, and we loved getting your submissions to our latest songwriting challenge to write from the title Why Do You Cry? We showcased four of our listener songs, and there are more to come in the next few weeks. So if your song is not featured on this …
 
You’d be hard-pressed to find a life, a career or a body of work quite like that of singer/songwriter/composer H. Jack Williams. Jack himself credits equal parts luck, talent and tenacity. “My whole life, I’ve gone out and gotten stuff done,” he says. “I think I have unique emotional connections within me, and I’ve always ……
 
This week, Phil shared his out-of-his-comfort-range approach to tackling this year’s songwriting challenge to write from the title Why Do You Cry? Download the lyrics. We talked about: Is Old Music Killing New Music? The Song Talk Meetup Dan Tapper, a long ago guest on our show writing a song as a series of declarative ……
 
This week, Gilbert Neal joined us again to talk about his latest album, and how he had to dig deep into himself to write the songs. We feature and talk about his new single Vapor Girl. Now, in the wake of a pandemic that waxes and wanes but never quite vacates, Neal delivers the provocative …
 
For our second host answer episode for our 2022 Songwriting Challenge, Mike shared his journey with the structure, arrangement, and production of his song. Download the lyrics. We talked about: Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? Primus to Pay Tribute to Rush on 2022 North American Tour structural weirdness in Mike’s song writing a “tough ……
 
With her powerful voice, captivating melodies and finely-crafted lyrics, Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected singer/songwriters. A compelling performer and vivid storyteller, Susan’s music blends folk, rock and blues with hint of country. Following up on the success of her chart-topping double album. The Hammer & The Heart, Susan Catta…
 
Jacob Moon is a friend of the podcast and a veteran indie singer-songwriter who has been doing it full-time for over 25 years. His live show is a combination of his stirring originals and a smorgasbord of inventive covers, delivered in his signature one-man-band style. His latest recording is called ‘Under a Setting Sun’ and ……
 
Colm Gavin is a Dublin based Irish singer/songwriter currently signed to BEO Records home to The First Lady of Celtic Music Moya Brennan. Colm’s first two solo releases (Your Endless Slumber/A Voice For The Urban Darlings) both reached reached number 1 in the Irish Charts at the time of their release. Singles from his debut ……
 
Neel explains his journey in writing his response to our 2022 Song Talk Radio Songwriting Challenge: a song with the title “Why Do You Cry”. Lyrics for Why Do You Cry – sketch 2 Lyrics for Why Do You Cry – sketch 6
 
Open and empty. That’s how singer-songwriter Darden Smith describes the Texas landscape that inspired his creative new multi-media project, ‘Western Skies,’ available now. Comprising a new studio record, a book of photography, lyrics, and essays, and an accompanying album of readings set to music, Smith’s ‘Western Skies’ is an immersive journey. It…
 
For the past 25+ years, Eric Alper has been at the forefront of the Canadian entertainment industry – making the Public in Public Relations his business. His enthusiasm, encyclopedic knowledge of the past and present have made him the go-to for music in Canada. He is also host of one of the top-rated SiriusXM shows “ThatEricAlper”. ……
 
This week we took a dive into the 1978 mockumentary – The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash – a satire of Beatlemania and the Fab Four. Aside from being one of the first mock-docs, it is also a very funny film featuring some Monty Python alumnae, a few famous faces from early SNL and …
 
The two-time Maple Blues Award songwriting recipient and two-time Edmonton Music Award recipient is an internationally recognized musician known for her soaring vocals, socially conscious lyrics, and outstanding musicianship. With a vintage sound reminiscent of the Roots/Blues style of Stax Records and Muscle Shoals recordings, singles from the alb…
 
Bad Parade is a music publicity firm focused on bringing musical talent to every corner of Canada. Created by Canadian publicist, Kari Zalik, Bad Parade works to secure key media coverage for Canadian and international artists, working with broadcast (television, radio and podcasts), print, and digital outlets for maximum exposure. Kari’s artists h…
 
Mike Fuller’s rock and roll roots run deep. The son of a church organist and a cover band singer/rock and roll enthusiast, it seemed only natural Fuller would follow the musical path laid by his parents and find himself writing a collection of uptempo, foot-stomping tunes. Mike spent much of the pandemic like many of ……
 
Vancouver-based Sara Tolle stops by to talk about her new adventures in singing/songwriting. We also talked about the latest songwriting challenge on the title “Why Do You Cry” Sarah Tolle is a singer-songwriter based in Vancouver, BC, whose warm, energetic music is an exploration in radiant self-expression and a loving invitation to sing and dance…
 
Hey everyone! I hope 2022 is not hitting you all too hard. Today, we will talk about how important it is to have a clear image of where your song is going in your head and discuss ways to clarify your story and why it is so powerful to define every possible detail of your story and the universe your song is happening in. What are your experiences w…
 
Hello and welcome back again to an all new season of Songwriting Tips & Tricks, In this episode we are talking about methods of taking notes of songs that pop up in our mind and are so easily forgotten. Hang in there, because there is so much potential to help you write wonderful songs that would otherwise slip your mind. If you have any feedback, …
 
Hi everyone, Did you ever ask yourself, what it really means to be a songwriter? Is it just the lyrics, is it the music, is there more to it? What describes a songwriter best? Well, this episode is focused on what parts come together to form the term songwriter. We discuss the mindset you should have when turning to these parts and to steadily grow…
 
Hey there, Would you say that you're writing is aspiringly good or that it is still missing something extra to it? Something to make it stand out? Would you say that your choice of words is too basic, or to dull or are you already aware of how to find intriguing new words to use in your songs? In any of such cases, this podcast is dedicated to song…
 
Stuck in the depths of my caves it seems. Well, Corona shut down most social and everyday life in Germany and surely has an effect on your country as well. I hope you are in good health and use the time wisely. In this episode we will be talking about useful strategies in your Home Office as a songwriter and how to collaborate with others remotely.…
 
This episode is all about writing songs as if you were a programming genius. No not you Sheldon, although I'd love to see him writing a song and listening to this show. Writing lyrics is just like writing code in some way and we will talk about how writing lyrics could benefit from the mindset of a coder. Don't worry, there is no nerd-talk beside t…
 
It is all about perspective in this episode. We are going to discuss the different narration types and through whose eyes the audience is going to experience your stories. Is there any way to tell a story different than all the other writers do? What ways are there to make your stories stand out compared to other writers? What perspective could sui…
 
No idea how to write better lyrics that get closer to the core, to a deeper level and explain things so honest and in a nutshell that everyone is like - wow? Not yet? Well then you should try this emergency songwriting method we discuss in this episode. It helps you finding the right words faster and explain situations brutally honest and real. If …
 
Stories shape the way we see the world from the day we are born. But how do we tell a story in a song and what words are we going to use? How are we going to find a coherent thread for the listener to follow along? These are the questions we are going to discuss and discover today and how you can find the right words for your audience to understand…
 
Have you ever been searching for a better way to rephrase an idea, or maybe you've been looking for a word that fits the meter or beat or paints a more beautiful image in the audiences head? If that is the case, then today's episode will help you with just that. We are about to discuss different reliable Thesauruses, be it digital or analogue, reph…
 
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