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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. The show talks about every genre you can think of: pop, rock, folk, jazz, punk, electronica, dance, and Rap. We have special theme shows where we talk about Bridges, Chord substitutions and the odd Movie show. Think of it like one of those talking head sports shows – ‘cept with less yelling.
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This week SongTalk welcomed Robert Cross to our studio.Robert Cross was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started playing guitar at 14, just so he could learn how to write songs. Cross is the singer and guitarist of the original rock band Satin, who released their first album Drop Dead Gorgeous in 2019.…
Vel Omazic of Canada’s Music Incubator explains the ins and outs of Music Royalties and how to make sure you are getting what you should as a songwriter and/or a performer in Canada. Put simply, if someone is making money or conducting business based on your work, you’re entitled to a royalty.…
The Song Talk Radio Team discussed the latest biopic about Elton John in the movie Rocketman. Composer and Second City writer Matthew Reid joined us.We talked about:The framing of the story around Elton John’s addiction and therapyThe depiction of Elton John as a musical child prodigySimilarities and differences between Rocketman and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which we reviewed in JanuaryTaron Egerton, who played the role of Elton JohnThe friendship and collaboration between Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin (spoiler alert: this is the best thing about the movie)Listen to the show:…
This week SongTalk welcomed Robert Ball to our studio.A native Torontonian, Robert Ball is a multi-faceted singer who has traveled to and performed in over 60 countries around the world.His sound has been described as soulful, jazzy, Neo-soul and he is a much in-demand session singer.…
Toronto-based Saxophonist Richard Underhill talks about his work with Blue Rodeo, The Shuffle Demons, and how horns work within a song.We talked about:The Shuffle Demons – Spadina Bus lyricsSell Me ThisMelodies creating chordsImprovisingSong StructuresHorn Arrangementshttps://www.facebook.com/richard.underhill1https://twitter.com/RichUnderhillhttps://www.instagram.com/richunderhill/ …
Songwriting for Beginners

Songwriting for Beginners

2019-06-1000:57:27

We talked tips and tricks for beginner songwriters. Our producer Vanessa and techie Micah also joined in the conversation. Some of the stuff we covered included:Our Rocketman movie pre-screening contestHow Phil and Neel got started on songwriting, and the challenges they facedGet yourself a decent guitar to start on (or a ukulele!)Basic melody developmentThe benefits of collaborationWriting from a title, or a poemHow to take apart your favourite songsHow practice makes perfect betterHow to finish songsWriting a bad first draft, because you won’t be awesome right awayVanessa’s post about stuff she’s learned on the showWe won a spot on FeedSpot’s Top 20 Songwriting Podcasts!…
This week SongTalk welcomed Matthew Reid to our studio. Matthew is a critically acclaimed, award winning composer for film, television, games and theatre. His funny songs have delighted almost a million people during his tenure as composer for Toronto’s world famous Second City comedy theatre.…
R&B singer/songwriter talks about how to work with beats supplied by producers and performing live.AND we announce the RocketMan contest: Win 2 free tickets to the invite only advanced screening of the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, Wednesday, June 29th in Toronto.…
Pena Hughes-John

Pena Hughes-John

2019-05-2000:57:18

Visiting from the United Kingdom, Pena Hughes-John joined us with two of her original songs. We talked about:Steampunk as a culture, fashion statement, and musical styleWriting songs on the ukuleleHow many chords is too many?Collaborating with othersWriting a song from a writing promptUsing time signature changes to introduce tensionOur show all about rhymes with Blair PackhamUsing reverse vocals in your recordingsListen to the showDownload the lyrics for:Somewhere in the MistKeeping the Score…
This week SongTalk welcomed Adriel Smiley to our studio. Adriel is the Music Director of CJRU – Ryerson’s Radio station – and Adriel brought a wealth of information about college radio and the best way musicians can get their music played on these stations.…
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