With 10 albums over a 20-year career, Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Moon dropped into the studio to share a wealth of helpful tips and clear insights. “Live a Little” is a truly exceptional tune, a perfect marriage of lyrics, melody, theme and variation. “Is That All You Got” is a gutsy rocker that looks at calamity with defiance and a “bring it on” attitude. The hour just flew by as we discussed –
- live performance looping
- putting cover songs on YouTube
- social media
- how to reharmonize your chords using the same melody
- the influence on Jacob of songwriters Paul Simon, Ron Sexsmith, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Brown
- the benefits of writing a song using only a bass guitar (or the bass notes on piano)
- open (alternate) tunings including the ever-popular DADGAD
- how a great song requires hard work and lots of rewrites
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Check out Jacob Moon’s engaging and heartfelt performances
Singer songwriter Jules delivers three powerful tunes live in the studio. She’s just 14 and yet is well on her way along the road as a professional. Jules has been writing songs since she was 10. Some stuff we talked about:
Old friend of the show Dokter Nomi came by and we talked about his unique way of writing songs, working with producers and amassing over 42,000 twitter followers!
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Its a special Collaborating Show as Northwood Records artist Patrick Ballantyne stops by and we get into all the details about collaborating: how to share the royalties (evenly) and general best practices for successful experiences.
Patrick has co-written with lots of folks and has tracks by artist’s like Big Sugar, Merideth Shaw and a ton more. Lots of great insights from someone who has cracked the collaborating quagmire.
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Tim Stead with his band The Scenic Sound talks about how melody drives his songs, and how repetition of the lyrics helps to get their message across to their young audience. Download 5 of their songs for free.
Blair shares the very first song he ever wrote, and talks about the difference between writing from the heart and writing from the head. And the Monster Mash.
Singer and songwriter Mary Jane talks about pop music and working with others with the Song Talk team.
Damian shares his song “You Gotta Believe” and talk about the effects of positive, upbeat, energetic pop songs.
Faaria showscases her song “Nothing We Can’t Survive” – all those perfect rhymes!