Young pop sensations the Command Sisters (Charlotte and Sarah) joined us to talk about writing as a sibling duo and working with producers.
Patrick Ballantyne filled in for Bruce.
We also talked about:
how to write a 2-chord song
Book of Mormon whether to repeat lyrics in each chorus
the challenge of writing direct lyrics vs. abstract lyrics
when editing, do you change the lyrics or the melody?
Download the lyrics for the songs,
Back To You and Low Profile. Listen to the show
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Connect with the Command Sisters
Command Sisters website
Kirk Felix arrived at our little studio with a whole band; bass, violin (fiddle), and cajon. As we did our sound check the Song Talk crew all savoured the gentle, soothing and heart-warming sounds of a folk ensemble. Patrick Ballantyne sat in for Neel Modi who was on assignment. In addition to two very authentic folk songs ( Dusty Roads and Whispering Peace), we talked about: Find more Kirk Felix:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/KirkFelix Read the lyrics here:
Dusty-Roads Listen to the whole program:
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Singer/songwriter Robert Davis stopped by with some great fun songs and we talked about the following:
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The extraordinarily talented singer-songwriter and producer Marlon Chaplin joined us to talk about his crafty approach to songwriting, and share two songs.
Dave Miner also joined us to fill in for Bruce as co-host. Thanks a million, Dave, you were great!
Download the lyrics for Marlon’s songs to follow along as you listen.
We talked about:
different approaches to
co-writing how to tell if a song was written by a drummer
the “one little thing” to mess up your chord progression (in a good way)
sure, it’s a country song, but there are elements of rap too
how letting ideas simmer for a while affords you some objective perspective before you start writing
why the world needs more bad songs
songwriting as craft
Gary Wood’s episodes to see more interesting capo setups how to develop different guitar parts from verse to chorus
going from a Major I to a Minor V when you’re feeling a bit of melancholy
Listen to the whole show:
http://songtalk.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Song-Talk-Radio-Aug-16-2016-Marlon-Chaplin.mp3 Watch the live performance:
Link to Marlon’s channels:
Addie Denison shares songs that at first sound like classic country, until you realize they’re (in part) about revenge, or blasting off into outer space. Sonja Seiler guest hosted.
Stuff we talked about:
The uber-talented Sonja Seiler brings her own brand of passionate, emotional songs to Song Talk Radio for the second time, this time with a country twist.
Stuff we talked about:
transitioning from writing on piano to guitar
letting an idea percolate for a while before writing
the power of imagery
what’s the right tempo for your song?
titles with brackets
extending a metaphor
Sonja’s previous appearance on Song Talk Radio
Michael Cooper, raised in
Stony Plain, Alberta, now living in Toronto, calls his music “country re-defined” and we agree. He’s been writing heart-felt tunes for over 20 years! His goal is to make the mundane extra-ordinary. His influences include Hank Snow.