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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 grizzled pro’s sporting numerous hits – plays 2 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 - well, a bit less yelling...
||CleanAll about the Songwriters Association of Canada||The Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) is a Canadian organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters. Their mission is to develop and protect the creative and business environments for songwriters in Canada||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere’s My Hair Gel? The Best of the 80’s Draft||Carmen Toth stopped by to play our first attempt at a “Best Songs of the 80’s” Draft! Phil’s better half, Heather, volunteered to keep score: Bruce 8, Carmen 9, Neel 9, Phil 9. Listen to the episode: Let us know your fav 80s songs,||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Thorner turns a webcast into an album||Toronto singer/songwriter Michael Thorner dropped by the studio for a chat about his music. He brought two catchy tunes from his recent webcast/album release The ehMTee Show; Don’t Let it Go and Point Edward Fair. We talked about:||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe show with more cowbell!||OK, so we’ve got a thing for the cowbell. Or maybe that was just Phil. In any case, the under-appreciated cowbell gets the most love it’s had since Christopher Walken’s fever. We talked about: the history and distinctive sound of the cowbell||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring Reggae influenced songs with Fergus Hambleton (revised)||Satellites front man and singer songwriter Fergus Hambleton stopped by and shared some reggae influenced tunes. Listen to the show: Watch the live performance: …||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlending Jazz and Soul with Avery Raquel||Teen-aged jazz/soul superstar Avery Raquel joined us to talk about moving from covers of jazz standards to her own blend of jazz and soul to better connect with her audience. We talked about: Jazz standards by Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan,||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to approach the media and get results||Okay, so you’re talented singer/songwriter and you’ve recorded a few tunes. Now you’d like to get some media attention to promote you and your music. In this value-rich hour, Phil explains some of the things you must NEVER do,||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDokter Nomi – writing the pop song||What a pleasure to have Dokter Nomi back in the studio to share his hooky pop tunes. This time, one of them was produced by our very own Neel Modi. During the show we talked about: the songwriting process (melodies first)||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFathers Day Special with Allister Bradley and Sean Bertram||For a special Father’s Day episode, we invited father and son Allister Bradley and Sean Bertram to share their experiences working on music together and independently. Friend of the show Dave Miner filled in for Neel – thanks Dave! We talked about:||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDean Hajas exploring songwriting strategies||Songwriter Dean Hajas stopped by and talked about grabbing inspiration and making a career in music. We talked about Dana-Keith-Dean-Hajas-22I-Cry22 lyrics Secure Our Streaming Rates and Royalties 4 Canadian Musicians Song creation strategies||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll about hip hop with iLLvibe||Toronto-based hip hop recording artist iLLvibe dropped by to share his music and his thoughts. Runner up to Drake for Toronto Rapper of the Year in 2016 and winner on “Canada’s Smartest Person” it was indeed an entertaining and informative hour||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll About Key Modulations with Frank Horvat||Good friend, manic composer, and musically big brained Frank Horvat joined us to talk all about key modulations, with three example songs. We talked about: the difference between borrowing chords and modulation chromatic alteration,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDAHLIA, long-term views on writing songs||Songwriter DAHLIA stopped by after her tour in India to talk songwriting. Listen to the episode: What we talked about: How do you start a song? Are “hooks” teachable? Pulling apart your fav songs Getting Funding from the government||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongs about mental health||It was Canadian Mental Health Week‘s 66th year and we thought we’d put a spotlight on songs that talk about the challenges of maintaining mental health. This year’s hashtag is #getloud. For this special show,||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriting across nations and cultures with Amanie Illfated||South Sudan-born, Toronto-based indie fusion singer, model and writer Amanie Illfated joined us to talk about her songwriting journeys across nations and cultures. Guest host and singer-songwriter Kayt Lucas filled in for Phil – thanks Kayt!||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAngela Saini: on preproduction, songwriting and being memorable||Singer/songwriter Angela Saini returns with a couple of great tunes and some pretty in depth talk about songwriting concepts. Listen to the full show Stuff we talked about: Angela’s first appearance on Song Talk Radio Preproduction https://www.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRhyme-a-rama with Blair Packham!||We figured it was time to talk about rhyme; a cornerstone of songwriting. So we invited one of our favourite singer/songwriters – Blair Packham – to take a closer listen to songs with a plethora of rhymes and one with virtually none!…||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Lamarche – writing hooks and sailing the seven seas||Drummer, songwriter and guitarist Paul Lamarche stopped by to trade songwriting tips. We talked about Working as a musician on cruise ships Different pronunciations of words for style Writing songs for others to sing Working in 6/8||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongs by the Hosts Special||For this special episode, each of the Song Talk Radio hosts shared one of their own songs for discussion. We talked about: a Gaurdian article about the Hall & Oates song I Can’t Go For That our upcoming show on key modulations||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriting with a purpose; Rebecca Lappa||Part way through her cross-country tour which began in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa stopped in at the Song Talk Radio studio to share two original songs. She was accompanied on piano by the talented musician Nick S.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedy Songs Special (a.k.a. How to be a funny songwriter)||We got our funny on by looking at what makes comedy songs tick. Friend of the show Mike MacInnes “Phil’d” in for Phil. Thanks Mike! And our own tech person, Linda Lavender, treated us to a live comedy song she just wrote – great stuff Linda!…||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRandy Newman’s “Cowboy” & “Somewhere” from West Side Story dissected with Patrick Ballantyne||Patrick Ballantyne stopped by to pull apart two of his fave songs. The open and emotive “Cowboy” by Randy Newman, and “Somewhere” from West Side Story by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. Stuff we talked about: Patrick Ballantyne’s webs||3/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Priest – how to write songs for children||We had the pleasure of having the prolific Toronto poet, novelist, and singer/songwriter Robert Priest (with David Hynes on guitar) back in the studio to share a couple of his children’s songs. We talked about… testing a song on a 6-year old||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBridging Jazz and Pop with Sean Bertram||Sean Bertram returned to the show following the release of his debut album, The Right Place. We talked about: Sean’s studies at Humber College in Music Guitar poetics in your lyrics changing chords and melodic centre between sections of your song||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn composing jazz songs with Paul Novotny||Paul Novotny (born Peterborough, Ontario, 1958) is a composer, bassist, producer, and engineer. He is the bassist on the international runaway hit video-game, CUPHEAD; over 50,000 sales in 2017. As a producer,||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to write a break-up song||True to form for Song Talk Radio, the day before Valentine’s Day seemed a good day to talk about break-up songs. So Phil brought “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce, Neel chose “One More Minute” by “Weird Al” Yankovic,||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGravely James: Rockin’ the blues with soul||Blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter Gravely James shares his journey from a trumpet-playing kid to a kickin’ singer-songwriter. He also treated us to two incredibly energetic performances of his songs. We talked about: Song Studio||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeep Dive: Penny Lane & Strawberry Fields – how do they work? with Blair Packham||Songwriting master Blair Packham stopped by and we gave a deep dive on The Beatles Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. Friend of the show Mike MacInnes sat in for Bruce. Stuff we talked about: John Lennon / Paul McCartney comparisons||2/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to manage your own career with Avery Florence||Avery Florence stopped by the studio on the cusp of her first tour. She was excited! “Road trip!” Her songs were a treasure trove of musical delight, and her tips about managing her own career were helpful to anyone trying to make a living as a sing||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat songwriting tips from Jeffery Straker||Canadian and internationally-reaching singer/songwriter Jeffery Straker joined us to talk about his process, collaborations, and great songwriting advice. We talked about: Conservatory training vs. ear training||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongs from your childhood||We talked about the first songs that resonated with us as kids. Stuff We Talked About: Our Anthony moving on Turns Out Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ Was Lifted from a 1972 Song by The Hollies Moving to the minor on the 4th chord February Album Month FAUM.o||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 2017 Year End Wrap-Up Show!||Join the gang as we go over our favourite bits of the last year and lots more stuff! We talked about: songwriting things that Bruce, Neel, and Phil have learned over the past year Sean Bertram’s episode and contrast and dynamics in your performances||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoliday Special 2017||Bruce, Neel, Phil and Vanessa each shared a song that meant something to them for the holidays. Bruce featured a song from a series of The Beatles releases from 1964 to 1969 that he and his brothers bought each other for Christmas.…||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring songs with “talk-singing”||We featured songs on this episode that use the unique “talk singing” technique. For the most part, we agreed that talk-singing meant that the singers were using short notes without too much melodic range, but still consciously in the key of the song||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating songs when you have an unconventional singing voice||You don’t necessarily need to have a fantastic voice to write or even perform songs well. We looked at some of our favorite songwriters with unusual voices and how they did it. Listen to the episode We talked about||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrick Ballantyne’s Canadian song picks||Popular guest co-host and guest on Song Talk Radio, Patrick Ballantyne dropped by the studio to share two of his favourite Canadian songs. “Help Me” by Joni Mitchell is a great example of her unique combination of melody, structure,||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere metal, folk, and soul meet with Andy De Rego||Andy De Rego, also known as Black Suit Devil, is a seductive blend of acoustic soul with thought provoking lyrics and heartfelt, soulful melodies. Andy has been a regular in Toronto’s rock, blues and metal music scenes for over twenty years,||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s The 4th Anniversary Show!||The gang celebrates 4 years of Song Talk nerd-ery! Station tech genius Michael Newton stops by too. What we talked about: Our fav guests the past year Bad jokes Angela Saini Rachel Raditz Nolan Hubbard Theme shows The Oh Chays||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Special||The next time Halloween will occur on a Tuesday will be in 2023, so we were supernaturally possessed to take advantage of the freaky intersection and dig up some Halloween themed songs for this show. But first, the important stuff.||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEd Roman a Canadian original||Ed Roman is an award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.…||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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!
Funny and Informative
Not just useful for Toronto's musicians but also very humorous and relaxing to unwind to for fans. :)
Love this podcast!
Love your show! Since I’m just getting into songwriting your show is so helpful. It’s great how you also always give definitions for the terms you’re talking about. Keep it up 👍🏻
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