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Song Talk Radio is a fun, loose, free-wheeling weekly radio show for songwriters. It is not a singer/songwriter showcase or an interview show, but a way for songwriters to talk about all the technical aspects of writing songs, sharing what they've learned along the way and how we can all get better at writing songs. Started as the Songwriters Cafe in Toronto Canada, via MeetUp.com, the show is hosted by Bruce, Neel and Phil. Each week a songwriter – anyone from fresh noob’s to grizzeled pro’s sporting numerous credits – plays 3 songs and we examine those and whatever else pops up along the way. The show is open to every genre you can think of: pop, rock, folk, jazz, punk, electronica, dance, and Rap. Songwriters perform live or play pre-recorded tracks. It's a blast. Think of it like one of those talking head sports shows – ‘cept with less yelling.
||Love Songs we Love to Love (Valentine’s Day Special)||For our Valentine’s Day special, each member of the Song Talk Radio team brought a favourite love song too woo our listeners. All the songs were very different, and we each had a different take on what makes a good love song:||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Complexity in songwriting: When is it too much? with David St. Bernard||Singer / songwriter Davis St. Bernard stopped by and we explored the issue on complexity in one’s songwriting. What we talked about: How to Write Songs on Guitar: 2nd Edition, Expanded and Updated SongStudio Songwriting workshop||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The ambient sounds of Louis Moon||Moody, original and unexpected are three words that describe the song writing of Louis Moon. He started his musical life when he took piano lessons at age seven. Three years ago, influenced by Korean Hip Hop artists, he began to create his own beats.…||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||1972 revisited with Kirk Felix and friends||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.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||From funk to funky pop with Paul Vos||Born in England, raised in The Netherlands, Paul Vos shared two of his songs with us at Song Talk Radio. The first was “Lost Along the Way” a song about finding love when you least expect it. Listen for the awesome 80’s background vocals on the chor||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Earnest and optimistic songs with Angela Saini||Toronto-based singer-songwriter Angela Saini joined us to talk about her process and two beautifully crafted songs: Something Like I’m Beautiful and Living on the Bright Side. We talked about: Switching from a major to minor key for your bridge||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Winter tunes with Sherry Jacoby||Singer songwriter Sherry Jacoby stopped by with our old friend Alon and played some wintery tunes. SongStudio working with co-writers Forget lyrics Download Winter Hibernation by Sherry Jacoby Artist website: http://www.sherryjacoby.com||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Piper Hayes, from Broadway to Hamilton||Piper Hayes is a New York born singer/songwriter currently living on the outskirts of Hamilton, Ontario – home to a burgeoning arts scene. Piper started writing her own songs because she couldn’t play other people’s songs on her guitar.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Holiday Love Songs with Melanie Peterson||Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson joined us again, this time with her original holiday-themed love songs. Melanie has been deemed “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by the BBC and a “superb songwriter” by Joe Warming||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jordan Paul on Writing Trippy Tunes||Singer/Songwriter Jordan Paul stopped by with a couple of brilliant songs. His sound has been described as “if Queen, Mimicking Birds, Radiohead, and Led Zeppelin all had a beautiful love-child.” A clever songwriter at only 24–his writing and music||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Leonard Cohen, the late great Canadian troubadour||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,||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing the emotional gamut with Beige Shelter||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,||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dan Edmonds making it up in the moment||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.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Songwriting Humour & Hiring Someone to Demo your song with Robert Davis||Singer/songwriter Robert Davis stopped by with some great fun songs and we talked about the following: Download robert-davis-lyrics here Differences between kids and Adult songs Dr. Demento Koerner Hall Mark Russell (piano player / songwriter / politi.||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Where’s Bob Dylan?||Okay, so we couldn’t get Bob to come to the studio for the show. Not surprising considering how the Nobel Prize people can’t find him either. On this show about Bob Dylan we discussed: The new film from Ron Howard – The Beatles, Eight Days a Wee||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Thoughtful lyrics and music with Allister Bradley||Pro songwriter Allister Bradley joined us for an hour to talk about two of his catchy, thoughtful songs and his process for getting them done. Stuff we talked out: Toronto’s Song Studio Making it in the music industry||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing Humour Songs & Not Novelty Songs with Matt Gerber||Matt stopped by and we talked about the ins and outs of writing songs with humour. Friend of the show, Dave Miner subbed in for Neel! Some stuff we talked about: Matt Gerber’s Official Website Download the lyrics for Matt’s songs here Song Studio||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing for musicals with Stephen Witkin||Lyricist and librettist Stephen Witkin returned to Song Talk Radio for a highly informative hour on writing for musical theatre. Here are some of the topics we discussed: what is the “book” and the role of the book writer for a musical?…||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||All About Chords with Frank Horvat||Songwriter, composer, and music teacher Frank Horvat joined us to talk about scales, the different kinds and colours of chords, and using chords as a palette for your songwriting. We covered: Intervals (2 notes) and triads (chords with 3 notes)||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to master multiple career streams + songwriting with Alyssa Baker||The Multi-Talented songwriter/actor Alyssa Baker stopped by with a couple of great songs and an even better discussion on creating songs and managing multiple career streams. Some Stuff We Talked About: Lost & Found Music Studios tv series||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jacob Moon a song writing star||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,||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing to perfection with Jules||Talented teen singer-songwriter Jules joined us again, after her first appearance over a year ago. In the midst of writing songs for her sophomore release, Jules talked with the Song Talk Radio Action Team about: FACTOR grants for Canadians,||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Songwriting as craft with Marlon Chaplin||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!||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||“A song is good if you like it,” says Patrick Ballantyne||Bruce, Neel and Phil were all happy to have Patrick Ballantyne back in the Song Talk Radio studio for the third time. He always brings great songs (listen to “Make Believe” and “Sky” for proof) and lots of experience to share about the songwriting||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Tips on Creating Songs for Musical Theatre with Andrew Seok||Pianist, producer, and songwriter Andrew Seok stopped by and talked about the process of creating music for his new Musical “Echos”. Andrew Seok (also known as just SEOK) has written music for Television, Recording Artists, Movies,||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Protest Songs: What makes a good one?||For our latest theme show, we take a look at some of our favorite Protest Songs and try to figure out what makes an effective one. We looked at River Runs Red by Midnight Oil, Eve of Destruction by P.F. Sloan,||7/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jeff Greenway finds his own way||Jeff Greenway returned to the Song Talk Radio studio to share his thoughts on song writing. His approach to writing is through a feeling, not a theory. This was amply demonstrated in the two songs he shared with us. The first, Cavalry,||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Collaboration do’s and don’ts with Janice Ho||The ever lovely and talented (and what a voice!) Janice Ho, Song Talk Radio’s very own tweeting songbird, talked about two early collaborations she worked on and what to look out for when collaborating. Download the lyrics for the show.…||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The unusual world of songs with unusual lyrics||For this special theme show, each of the hosts presented a song with “unusual” or hard-to-decipher lyrics. We delved into a discussion around understanding the intentions behind and interpreting the songs. Download the lyrics here: Unusual Lyrics||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Getting (not so) personal with Faaria||Faaria was one of our first guests on Song Talk Radio (check out her first episode) and she joined us once again with new songs about relationships, where none of them are autobiographical (or so she claims). Stuff we talked about:||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Letting songs steep with Carmen Toth||Carmen Toth / Social Potion joined us for the second time to talk about a new song, and an older one, both of which are appearing on her upcoming album. Stuff we talked about: writing lyrics first, songs first,||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Blair Packham packs emotional power||From the moment Blair Packham started to speak, we knew we were in for some great lessons from a master songwriter and experienced teacher. If You Were Mine featured a great bridge and instrumental break. In Her Dreams started out as a story of a woma||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Exploring poetic lyrics with Liz Jaremyn||The ever talented Liz Jaremyn returned with two great songs. Here’s some stuff we talked about: Liz Jaremyn’s previous show in 2014 Download the lyrics for Liz Jaremyn’s songs Overcoming writer’s block vs forcing it exploring song structures||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Talkin ’bout song structures||Bruce, Neel, Phil and Janice spent most of an hour on the subject of song structures with 4 different examples. We talked about: the prologue verse (I Left my Heart in San Francisco) writing for musical theatre (My Funny Valentine)||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Addie Denison: Old-time Country with a Twist||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 Songwriter’s Cafe Meetup||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Scott Neary – Tools, tips, and some very cool things||Seasoned professional guitarist, singer-songwriter, and all-around nice guy Scott Neary shares some of his best kept songwriting secrets. Scott also accompanied the talented jazz songwriter Steven Teatz for his appearance on Song Talk Radio.||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Doing that country thang with Sonja Seiler||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||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||New standards by Steven Taetz||Multi-talented singer songwriter Steven Taetz turned the Song Talk studio into a smoky nightclub with his perfect renditions of his own songs. Waiting for Wishes (co-written with Emma-Lee) had so many “hooks” we lost count (listen for pre-chorus on||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lucas Bozzo and the wisdom of repetition, repetition, repetition||On this engaging program with Lucas Bozzo we delved into the sometimes heated debate of variety versus repetition in songwriting. Lucas performed two songs in the studio; “If” and “How Beautiful You Are”. We discussed:||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adding musical interest with chord subsitutions||Have a listen to an informative and lively discussion on chord substitutions. In this show we talked about: the Circle of Fifths Nashville numbers one/four/five chord progressions the sixth, seventh, and ninth chords||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Funny and Informative
Not just useful for Toronto's musicians but also very humorous and relaxing to unwind to for fans. :)
Unique songwriting talk show hosted by a trio of seasoned & quick-witted musicians!
Song Talk Radio is any songwriter's haven, dishing out helpful feedback and tips on lyric writing, music composition, arrangement and vocal performance.
Hosts Phil, Neel and Bruce each bring their unique personalities and perspectives to the show but play really well off each other, making for a laid-back and often humorous experience. They also know "their stuff" though, having been in the songwriting game for a while now, and you can tell that songwriters on the show really appreciate being able to talk about their music in a meaningful way.
What's also cool about the show for guest songwriters is getting to reflect on their songwriting journey, as well as play three of their original songs which are each discussed by the group with respect to the ins and outs of the songwriting process.
This show just keeps getting better and better! 5 stars!