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Every Tuesday, we talk to a songwriter from any style and from any ability level to explore techniques that will actually help you write better, more memorable and more successful songs. Since November of 2013, we’ve talked to many songwriters, from beginners to professionals and everything in between and had a blast each and every show. Join us and get those songs moving!

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Show date:  Dec. 06, 2016

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Tonight, Melanie Peterson shares some new holiday songs:

Sleep Over

By Melanie Peterson

Download the lyrics here

Don’t you worry if she’s still on your mind
I’m in no hurry, baby, take your time
Like a red bow on a green Christmas tree
You are exactly where you’re meant to be

Why don’t you sleep over?
Don’t spend Christmas eve alone
Why don’t you sleep over?
I’ll light the fire turn off the phone
Why don’t you sleep over?
Let’s make a Christmas dream come true
Why don’t you sleep over?
Why don’t you? Ooo ooo
Why don’t you? Ooo ooo sleep over

Won’t let you down but I think that you should know
Might steal a kiss underneath that mistletoe
If we put our hearts together
You might find a way to forget her

Why don’t you sleep over?
Don’t spend Christmas eve alone
Why don’t you sleep over?
I’ll light the fire turn off the phone
Why don’t you sleep over?
Let’s make a Christmas dream come true
Why don’t you sleep over

And I won’t ask you for forever
Unless you want me to
And I’ll only go as far as
I do I do I doooooo

Why don’t you sleep over?
Don’t spend Christmas eve alone
Why don’t you sleep over?
I’ll light the fire turn off the phone
Why don’t you sleep over?
Let’s make a Christmas dream come true
Why don’t you sleep over?
Why don’t you? Oo ooo
Why don’t you? Ooo ooo sleep over
You Ooo ooo
Why don’t you? Ooo ooo
Why don’t you sleep over?


SANTA’S SLEIGH

By Melanie Peterson

Download the lyrics here

Well the lights are bright in this shopping mall
Everything around glitters like a disco ball
But my hearts not into it
And the gifts are wrapped beneath the tree
Everyone is laughing celebrating feeling free
But my hearts not into it

Cuz i’ve never been here before
Waiting for a knock at the door
I tell myself I’ll be fine
If you change your mind

Cuz I’ve still got the frosted window panes
I’ve still got the painted candy canes
I’ve still got the tinsel on the tree
And good friends around me
I’ve still got the stockings on the wall
Still got lots of time to deck the halls
I’ve still got everything thing i need that much is true
Still i hope that Santa’s sleigh has room for you

As the diamond snow sparkles in the night
I long to wish you merry Christmas in the pale moon light
Put my heart right into it

But I’ve never been here before
Palms sweating nervous unsure
I tell myself I’ll be fine if you change your mind

Cuz I’ve still got the frosted window panes
I’ve still got the painted candy canes
I’ve still got the tinsel on the tree
And good friends around me
I’ve still got the stockings on the wall
Still got lots of time to deck the halls
I’ve still got everything thing i need that much is true
Still i hope that Santa’s sleigh has room for you (i sure do)
Hope that Santa ‘s sleigh had room for you

Show date:  Nov. 22, 2016

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What can you say about the exceptionally talented poet, novelist, and prolific singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen.that hasn’t already been said? Well, the Song Talk Radio action team didn’t worry about that. Bruce, Neel, and Phil simply dove into their memories and had a close look at three of his many, many songs. Bruce brought the poetic Bird on a Wire (1969), Neel shared the dark and foreboding Everybody Knows (1980’s), and Phil had us pay attention to one of Cohen’s last recordings, the prescient Leaving the Table (2016).

Have a listen!

Show date:  Nov. 15, 2016

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Indie rock band Beige Shelter stopped by to talk about forming the band, producing their first album, and performed two songs. Our very own Neel Modi took the co-guest seat as producer, drummer, and co-writer. A good friend of Song Talk Radio, Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Neel’s host spot.

Beige Shelter is:

  • Adi Aman – songwriter, vocals, rhythm guitar, ukulele, harmonica
  • Neel Modi – producer, percussionist, co-writer on Colours
  • Tom Kuczynski – bass guitar
  • Karan Sabharwal – lead guitar (absent)

We talked about:

  • Adi’s first appearance on Song Talk Radio over two years ago
  • Where the band name came from
  • Adi’s approach to capturing a wide range of emotions with his yin-yang philosophy of songwriting
  • Neel’s approach to producing the album – check out his blog post on this
  • Playing with your key signature to find the sweet spot for your vocals
  • Where you can listen to Beige Shelter’s debut album, Rumours we make, paths we take

Listen to the whole show:

Watch the live performances:

Show date:  Nov. 08, 2016

Tony Burns, Phil, Neel, Mike M, Etain, Vanessa & Niclole

To celebrate our 3rd Anniversary, some of our very dedicated listeners stopped by and we talked about their favorite bits from the last year. Even Nicole stopped by – and then we had cake!

Some stuff we talked about:

Listen to the whole episode:

 

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After the show we all gathered around to light the candle and eat cake. Then we went out for beer…

Show date:  Nov. 01, 2016

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The Song Talk Team had the distinct pleasure of spending an hour with the very talented and original singer/songwriter Dan Edmonds. His fresh takes on music and how it’s made were both illuminating and engaging. He played two of his intriguing recordings – “Love Can Be a Tunnel” and “To Be That Needle”. We talked about:

  • improvising lyrics in the recording studio
  • letting the listener make their own meaning from the words
  • the two-chord song
  • the fun and challenge of touring
  • finding management

Here’s the show. Have a listen!