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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, professional singer/songwriter, voice actor & co-founder of Silverthorn Studios recording, Taylor Abrahamse joined us in the studio at SongTalk World Headquarters.  Taylor was a Top 40 finalist on Canadian Idol, has performed on stages across Ontario, has also written & produced musicals, and music for animated series and viral internet music through Corus, DHX & Super Planet Dolan.…
Stark Naked and Eugene Ripper of Stark Naked and the Fleshtones joined us to talk about their heyday in the early 80s as an awesome live band in Toronto.We talked about:how songs are shaped by band dynamicsworking with the “right” producerthe punk music attitudelive vs.…
This week SongTalk welcomed our pal Matthew Reid to our studio to talk about movie soundtracks.We chose our favourites and talked about why they made the cut and what were the runners up. We talked about:what are the criteria of soundtracks – are they a collection of songs from other sources, are they custom music made specifically for the film project or is there a grey area in between?…
Long-time friend of the show, songwriter and composer Frank Horvat brought in his musical writing partner Catherine Frid to explain all the steps it took to write and produce their Toronto Fringe hit Spend Your Kids Inheritance.Listen to the show: What we talked about:This Is It_Frid HorvatNew Waters_Frid Horvat…
Songs without a chorus

Songs without a chorus

2019-08-1800:57:04

This week we talked about songs which have no chorus. First, we had to be clear about what does make a chorus. Then we deep dove on three songs we think don’t have one. What do you think? Leave a comment with your pick for a song without a chorus.…
This week SongTalk welcomed Jeff Alan Greenway to our studio.Greenway is a film composer, singer/songwriter and pianist from Pickering, Ontario. He has written music for film, worked as a session player, orchestrator and arranger, released his own original album “Great Expectations” and wrote the score to the international documentary The Secret Life Of Frogs, which won a Nature award at the Cannes Media and TV festival.…
Listen to the show:Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response.Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIARail’s passenger train, “The Canadian”.…
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:…
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