The Songwriting Podcast: songwriters talking about songwriting
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We’re here to help you write better songs, and help you progress in your songwriting journey.
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 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!
Nolan Hubbard is an evocative singer/songwriter originally coming from the small town of Gananoque Ontario. A regular on the southern Ontario club scene, has played many of the top clubs in the GTA and beyond as both a solo act and now with his full 4 piece backing band. Delivering a unique pop sound with influence from a wide variety of genres (Rock, Folk, Reggae, Soul, Funk), a powerful finger style guitar groove, soothing vocal melodies and a matured musical sensibility, he has found a way to appeal to vast audiences from all walks of life. At just 20 years of age Hubbard has already journeyed across the country on a self-booked, self-promoted tour that saw him play for audiences from Thunder Bay, through Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver. Hubbard has just released his debut album “Luminosity” this spring which was produced by industry veteran Douglas Romanow, featuring performances from some of Nashville’s top session players.
Up and coming singer-songwriter and Humber College music student Sean Bertram joined us to talk about his education and his chord-based approach to songwriting. Blair Packham subbed in for Phil – thanks Blair! And welcome to Raphael, our new technical and audio specialist – welcome to the team!
The very talented singer-songwriter and improvisational artist Rachel Raditz brought one song to Song Talk Radio that she had written previously. The other she made up on the spot in the middle of the program. “Back in Hali” about a friendship that might be more set in Halifax had an unconventional structure and a melody that grabbed us by the ears. Rachel’s powerful and original voice brought made the song engaging throughout. Her second song featured completely improvised lyrics, melodies, and harmonies, was sung acappella using a loop device to surprising and entertaining effect.
Jenny Perez is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She’s recently begun her journey as a singer-songwriter, bringing her classic flavours to her modern songwriting. For this show, Jenny was accompanied by Sherry Jacoby on guitar and backup vocals.
We talked about:
the difference between classical and modern pop singing
the learning your technique debate: how much technique is too much?
going from the major to the minor on the same letter (eg. G-major to G-minor) in your chord progression
gettin’ all free and easy with your tempo
how much perfect rhyming can you stand before its gets too cheesy? Check out rhymezone.com
the guys argued over the pros and cons of having deliberately provocative lyrics
To celebrate Pride in Toronto this week, we brought in five LGBTQ-themed songs to play and talk about. The songs spanned from 1983 to 2017, and included a diverse range of songwriters and topics. Musical book writer Stephen Witkin joined us for the show. Special thank you’s to Hema for handling our social media, and @SharonRose2012 for tweeting in!
We talked about:
Bruce and Stephen’s own coming-out stories
Heavy-handed vs. light and fun approach with the “message” in LGBTQ-themed songs
Acceptance of LGBTQ songwriters and songs in popular culture
Universal vs. LGBTQ-specific messages in the songs