This Is How It Goes



Episode#119: This Is How It Goes   (Song starts at 4:28)

The evening I recorded this episode, I went outside because I heard a strange song.

A chorus of hundreds of frogs could be heard on the wind. Talk about nature’s tune. These frogs were really making a racket.

As it turned out, this fitted in nicely with the song featured on this week’s episode. ‘This Is How It Goes’ talks about getting in touch with nature’s tune.

Also, following on from the essence of last week’s podcast: as we are all in a state of constant change, we might as well do it in conjunction with nature – it just might be a smoother path.

What inspired me to write this song? Well, to answer that, I’d like to share this: a reader of my blog posts contacted me recently to let me know she enjoyed me sharing the ‘how I paint a seascape foreground’. This sort of showing the ‘step by step process’ is much like how I share how I write a song here. She was amazed I was self taught as a painter (as I am, as a songwriter)..

I replied, quoting something I read about: if you put 10,000 hours into something , you’re going to come up with something…substantial.

I think for a few reasons.You’re not going to do anything by choice for 10000 hours unless it’s something you’re passionate about. So it’s likely to be something that comes naturally to you.

Also, you’re going to make 10,000 mistakes along the way, as you figure out your style. You figure out which mistakes you’re going to keep as you find your own voice.

Your natural, original voice. It’s something that you’ll know when you find it- and others will know, too.

Everybody enjoys different sorts of voices. I’m a big fan of Bob Dylan. I love the way he sings Make You Feel My Love. There’s so much felling and experience in his voice.

I think if you find your own voice in life, regardless of what you get up to, it’ll all come together for you, somehow. That’s the essence of this song.

I’m pleased I chose to share this song in this episode, following on from last week’s Patient Hum from 1998 . You can hear the evolution of a songwriter. This one was written in 2016. 18 years are going to bring about some changes.

And that is the path of the artist & the songwriter; it’s a slowly changing mysterious path.

This podcast is slowly evolving. Each episode unfolds in a very free manner. I record these episodes without any sort of script or forethought. I let the song, the music and the lyrics lead the way – and I make sure I’m having fun.

Eventually I’ll produce a video course based on aspects of this podcast. I’m looking forward to that ( I’ve already done a lot of work towards my ebooks and video courses. How I:  play piano; paint seascapes; draw cartoons, etc).

You can keep up with me by joining my email list. That way you won’t miss a thing. My blog has the lyrics to this song ( I include the lyrics each week) on www.petepascoe.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy hearing about the song This Is How It Goes. It’s always a surprise to me where these episodes get to – and this one is no exception.

Enjoy.


The Patient Hum



Episode #118: The Patient Hum      (Song starts at 4:58 & 24:38)

Song #436, The Patient Hum was written in 1998. Back then, there was a sense of peace about what I was up to (and I’m happy to say there’s a sense of peace about what I’m up to today).

So the song came from a peaceful place. The lyrics talk about how everything is in a state of constant change – including us, as people. 

The arts offer a place of reflection where we can see ourselves for who we truly are. It’s also a ‘safe place’ where suggested ways forward can be presented. Yes,  I believe music and art has the power to lead the way, to change us. 

There’s 2 versions of The Patient Hum on this episode. The first is piano/vocal, the version I performed as I recorded this episode. The second is the pop rock treatment with my old buddies Paul Dredge (guitar & bass) and Earl Pollard (drums).

In 1998, I had recently relocated to Melbourne. When I went back to New Zealand for a music tour that didn’t happen, I ended up recording 16 songs which became a short run of 100 CDs. Patient Hum was one of those songs.  I also got 500 CDs pressed of my first piano album, Eridanus / River Music. 

So it was a big chapter in my life. 

Being a songwriter gives you a way to express big feelings in a ‘safe’ environment – and they then (hopefully) become art that we can listen back to and reflect on. 

At the time (also, back in 1998), it appeared my gig was on the way out. I’d been working as a piano man at The Holiday Inn. A new GM had arrived and decided a change was in order – namely introducing ‘happening jazz’ into the recently renovated bar where I’d been the resident pianist for a while. And so I moved on- it was time.

Behind the scenes, I was beavering away, writing songs, patiently doing my thing – and I still am today. Paul Dredge and I have the new album dropping shortly. Looking forward to this being available online for streaming very soon. I was just working a video for a single.

Maybe The Patient Hum might need to be reworked by Paul and I. But then, there’s so many other songs that we haven’t looked yet – and then there’s the songs we have yet to write. Yep, it’s all a slowly changing plan. 

That’s the nature of the arts. It keeps us moving on. 

Ok I hope you enjoy some of the life observations that pop into my mind as I chat. The Patient Hum lead me to a peaceful, thoughtful state on this episode – a place of balance. And that would be the place where the art of songwriting can happen. It’s would also be the state where we can best unfold as we grow in this life.

The Patient Hum, on reflection, would be about being open to the concept of constant change. If we keep working at it steadily, I believe this can happen peacefully. 

You can find the lyrics on this week’s blog ( lots of art and more music and writing here. www.petepascoe.wordpress.com )


No Crime To Stay



Episode #117:  No Crime To Stay  (Song starts at 10:00)

This week’s song (#263) was written in 1993, when I was living in a very beautiful & peaceful spot in New Zealand: Kuratau, on the shores of lake Taupo.

The meditative pastime of fly fishing for trout really relaxes me. I find that once I’ve been out in nature, all my worries have drifted away and I’m ready to create. 

As a songwriter, I really think it’s important to get away from it and do some other activity that takes your mind completely away from songwriting. 

Reading from pages of an old diary, I found out what I was up to the week I wrote the song…I wrote the words to No Crime To Stay one night when I meant to get an early night. I ended up writing the lyrics for 5 songs and going to bed at 1am. 

The next morning I got up at noon, surprise, surprise. I then wrote songs all day, went to bed at 1am  – then got up at 4:45am to go fishing! 

I was a determined young chap, keen to write & perform songs and share them with the world – keen about fishing too!  – and I still am, here in 2022.

I’m really enjoying recording these podcast episodes. I haven’t played this song in years, so it was nice to rediscover it, as I sang and played the piano. 

It was, of course, a much younger me when I wrote the lyrics. They can provide fascinating insights into the writer as a person. This song was written when I was feeling a bit lonely.

On this episode I also compose a piano piece. It happened on the spur of the moment. That’s what I love about this podcast: the natural flow & the consequent surprises. 

It’s all totally unscripted. When I go into my studio I often don’t even know what song I’m going to look at. But each week it all seems to come together, as I draw attention to various aspects of songwriting. I have a chat about all sorts of other things that pop into my mind as I go along… fingers on the keys of the piano, my mind free to roam where it well.

I hope you enjoy hearing how this song came together, as we look at the lyrics, the music – and also the background : what I was up to at the time. 

I think it’s a great idea to keep a diary. It becomes a ‘time machine’, much like a song can be. 

As a creative person, I think it’s a good idea to write in a diary regularly. It sort of clears the mind and makes room for creativity.

Ok here we go. Ready for a song and some chat? Enjoy. 

By the way here’s my blog- you read the song lyrics here + view my art (I’ve been flat out painting for an upcoming exhibition of my seascapes), plus there’s links to more music.  www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com 


Still Crazy Here



Episode #116: Still Crazy Here (Song starts at 3:43)

Hi there,  For this episode, I dug up a box of old diaries and found the year/week where I wrote this song. 

I read through some passages. It turns out I’d left my stage piano at the gig. So I wasn’t able to write songs… and I wrote: ‘If I’m not being creative, I feel terrible!’. 

I was flat. Didn’t see the point in watching TV, I was disgruntled to to say the least. 

Then something happened. I tidied up my desk, found 15 lots of lyrics, went for a run, had some vivid dreams and then….got my piano back and started getting creative. 

Song # 459 from July 1999, came from cutting out pictures from magazines and sticking them into a collage – pictures of Elvis next to the dolphins and Star Wars characters. 

Yes, there’s nothing like cutting out pictures and making a collage to just play, and see where it takes you. 

In this case, I mention it in my lyrics and away I go. 

The lyrics observe quite openly and partly tongue in cheek : ‘I’m still crazy here, still crazy now.’ It’s a description of how it feels to be a creative soul. 

Cutting pictures out of magazines smacks of therapy, doesn’t it? Perhaps it was.. perhaps I was just gently getting in touch with the creative side of myself again.

Currently (back here in 2022) I’m flat out painting seascapes for an exhibition which opens in July. I’m mixing a solo album, recording these episodes, I publish a blog post each week, teach 22 students how to play the piano Monday’s and Tuesday’s.. and that’s just part of it. Yes, here in 2022, I’m flat out. 

Back in 1999, I was trying to get busy, here in Melbourne, 2 years into the new adventure, having moved from New Zealand (the lyrics say I ‘jumped the river to start again’). 

I’d managed to sell my first 70 piano solo CDs (Eridanus River Music (streaming now – CDs available). I was making a living from being a piano man a few times a week. I was spending my daytimes writing songs. So things were slowly starting to happen for me.

And when I was writing songs I was happy again. It’s the same for me now, after all these years. I’ve written another song this week, and started another couple. I’ll send them to my song writer buddy in New Zealand, Paul Dredge. We have a new album dropping in about 3 weeks. Very excited about this. 

“Melody, melody melody, where do you come from?” I say this in this episode. It’s a mystery and I’m very content to leave it that way. 

In amongst the analysing and exploring of the songwriting process, which I’m really enjoying on these episodes, so much comes to the surface to be discussed. 

And then there’s a this underlying beautiful mysterious energy that underlies it all. 

Dipping into this realm is such a pleasure. By the way, I think anyone can develop the knack to a degree… Keeping a diary, learning an art (like songwriting) helps. Yep, it’s the ‘doing’ that counts. 

Ok, join me back in time, now. You’ll hear about how it feels to be a songwriter and you’ll hear how ‘Still Crazy Here’ came together. 

And you’ll get to have a read through a couple of diary excerpts with me. It’s all good fun here, this podcast is constantly evolving.. (Still crazy here!) 

This is the blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com  where you can see photos of the painting and cartoons I mention, plus the seascape I’ve just started. You can also read the lyrics to ‘Still Crazy Here’. I publish the lyrics here each week. There’s 116 blogs to look back through if you feel like it!.That’ll lead you on to 13 albums of mine in different genres (solo and with others).Enjoy!  

Here we go, I hope you enjoy this episode. 


Winter’s Song



Episode #115: Winter’s Song  (Song starts at 4:57)

It was a cold day, back in 1999. I looked around the flat, saw and heard the rain in the trees outside the window. We had a heater like a back handed compliment: it blew air out, not nearly as warm as what was required.. 

So I started by writing:  ‘Raining in the trees, winters song….’

Song #454 presented itself this week when I opened one of my song books. ‘Winters Song’. I haven’t thought of this one for years. But I like a bit of fun and thought: why not? For this episode I sang and played it – recalling the sections as I went along. 

I also relate thoughts and things that were going on back when I wrote this song. The memories were awoken by music and lyrics. 

It was a big thing to ‘jump the ditch’ (leave New Zealand and settle in Melbourne, Australia), back in 1997. I remember being on the plane as we flew in over Melbourne. All those orange tiled roofs, industrial areas, more housing ..on and on. It seemed to be a  huge place to someone from a small place like Palmerston North, New Zealand. I remember thinking ‘How the heck are we going to find somewhere to live, a job, etc?’…

Anyhow, we’d been in Melbourne for a couple of years when I wrote this song. 

On that winters day, my girlfriend (now wife) was at work. I was at home writing yet another song. 

You’ve just got to make a start. You’ll see just by writing the first verse, the whole song really got set up. 

The subject? Sometimes you get frustrated along the way. For me in this case, I wasn’t frustrated about songwriting. It was getting to me that I just didn’t seem to have what it takes to share my music to a wider audience. 

I remember I was waiting on a call from an agent that never came & I’d heard nothing back from some record companies I’d sent some demos to..

So I was questioning the whole thing – what use is it, being given the gift of lyric writing, music composition, piano playing, singing.. If I don’t have the business sense to take care of that side of things. 

The great thing about art and music, I turned those frustrations into another song, one that could be applied to anyone trying to find some deeper meaning to their life.

I rewrote some lyrics on the song again this episode. You can follow the flow, as I just ‘play’, trying out different words…and playing the piano. A couple of new lines come in and somehow transform the song into something better. It’s a good thing, being open to editing.

It’s never too late to rewrite a song, even just a line or two.

So even though this song was written at a time of self reflection – wondering what it’s all about – ultimately it’s lead to some fun. 

As a songwriter, like any path in life, there are going to be some ups and downs. I’m glad I’ve shared this song on this episode. 

Now I’m looking forward to recording ‘Winter’s Song’. By the way, you can read the lyrics on this week’s blog post, here:  www.petepascoe.wordpress.com

It’d be great to record piano/vocal albums of the songs that have appeared on this podcast. I think I’ll do that one day. I’ll add it to the list! 

Ok, I hope you enjoy listening to how this song came together,  plus some observations on life in general. 

It’s all put across in a relaxed, entertaining manner. I enjoy playing the piano as I speak. Here we go…


In your Mind



Episode #114: In Your Mind   (Song starts at 4:19)

Hi there, In this episode, we are going back to 1987! We are looking at song #24 from my song books… 

As I walked into my studio to record this episode, a little voice suggested this song. I haven’t thought of ‘In Your Mind’ for years. I wasn’t sure about it. But when my fingers opened the song book straight to the correct page, I knew this was the one – and I thought: it’s all good fun, so why not? 

One of things that come through time and time again on this songwriting podcast is: ‘remain the player’. Just have fun and play- with a purpose. I think ‘just playing’ is a great way to engage the muse. 

Another thing that comes up is rewriting/editing. Keeping an open mind about how the song might be able to be improved. To do allow this to happen, you have to be free. 

I like to have a quick look at the song I’m about to play and sing (when I do this on an episode – sometimes I’ll use recorded demos, versions, etc.) This time I read it though. A couple of lines stood out because they really need to be rewritten. So I did. 

So by recording this episode, I’ve effectively edited a song to the point where I think it’s now closer to be ready to be recorded. It’s been sitting in the song book all these years, just waiting to be finished. 

As a songwriter, having songbooks like I do, it feels like I have some sort of treasure trove. A savings bank, a book of memories. It’s been time well spent, writing these songs. 

That’s how it feels to be a songwriter: to create so much music is such good way to spend some time. 

I have a busy life, I’m lucky to have a family, I’m an artist, I teach piano, I do this podcast, make videos, record and produce my albums (in different genres), I’m currently making video courses on painting, cartooning, piano playing, composing….. And ebooks. In short, I have a lot on. 

To get on board and keep up with what I’m up to, please do email me at info@petepascoe.com and request to be on my email list. I’d love that – and you won’t miss a thing that way.

2 things: I always make time for songwriting. Everything stops when I get the feeling a song is coming through. 

The other is:  yes, my life is a juggling exercise. – and truth be known, it probably always has been.

In this episode, I recount a tale that came to mind today about a fellow that asked me to do an illustration for an advertisement… It was pretty funny – he announced that he wanted to come over and see how it was going. When he heard what I was up to at the time (we had a new baby,  washing (clean) was everywhere in the lounge, drying (it was a rainy day), the dinner was being made… His reaction has stayed in my mind… I think he found it difficult to believe I could be creative in with everything I had happening in my life at that time. 

I guess that’s what I’ve managed to do over the years. Kept that sense of freedom in my life so that I can do these creative things when I feel the urge.. 

It’s been a creative life, that’s for sure. Here’s some relevant links – there’s plenty here, including the lyrics to this song: www.petepascoe.wordpress.com   videos on youtube:  Pete Pascoe Art and music    Website www.petepascoe.com         13 albums here: www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com

So what’s ’In Your Mind’ about ? Well, the lyrics delve into the idea that you can go within into that dream state within and … find answers. And it’s natural.  That would be it, in a nutshell. It’s been said we don’t realise the potential of our minds. 

Yes, I like to go deep in my thoughts. But I like to keep things light as well. I’ve always made a point of doing both in my life. The muse, spirit – whatever you want to call it – seems to like humour. 

Maybe humour just sort of keeps the slate keen in the moment, allowing the creative connection to take place… 

Anyway, these are the sort of thoughts I was having when I wrote ‘ in Your Mind’, all those years ago. It was fun to look into the song on this episode… To rework it to a degree too. 

I hope you enjoy the song and the chat. Here we go. Let’s have a look at ‘In Your Mind’…


Tenderness



Episode #113: Tenderness (Strongest Memories) (Song starts at 5:17 )

This song came along when I was sitting at the piano, letting my hands wander on the keys. Some nice chords came through. I opened my eyes, looked up and saw the seascape painting hanging above the piano. 

On this episode, I read an excerpt from an old diary. I thought for a change I’d try it. The very page I opened to happened to be the week I recorded my first podcast episode. Bizarre. 

And it includes my statement where I say I’m going to be publishing my how I paint, write songs, play piano, draw cartoons, compose videos and ebook, etc… And I will. I have these things underway. It’s just taking me a while.

I also recorded myself having a chat as I sat outside having breakfast with my cat… A bit of fun. It’s all a work in progress. 

There’s a lyric in this songs ‘Loves roulette wheel has no favourites’, which I like. Speaking of ‘Strong Memories’, the roulette wheel reminded me of an evening some years ago, when I took my daughter into the big city for the evening. That’s the beauty of art and music – all sorts of me memories are brought to the surface.  The strongest memories – and they’re the ones that seem to get stronger over time, each time they are recalled. 

By the way, my daughter wanted to see the city lights, see fireworks.  And meet the queen! How did We get on? Check out the podcast to find out…ha

The lyrics come to me very quickly. I have to scribble them down very quickly. Sometime the next line comes to me before I’ve finished the one I’m writing. But most often I have time to pause briefly and the next line then comes through. 

As I write, I look for cues from the previous line or lines.. Keys words that will need to be rhymed, or concepts that need further discussion, etc. it’s a fascinating process.

With the music, there’s a lot going on. Muscle memory is guiding my fingers. The theory of what I’m doing is coming through like a horse race commentary, I guess…although it’s very subtle. But it must be there.. ” ok I’m in C, I can see it’s going up to C# now and into G with a D bass…” All the while, you’ve got this …door open to ..the muse or whatever wherever it is.. the source of ..unlimited beauty… 

It’s a privilege to be a songwriter, it really is. Had I managed to write 20 songs in my life that would’ve been great. As I happens, I now composed about 800 – all done for the pure pleasure of writing them. 

This song can be found on my piano vocal album ‘The Long Haul’. You can stream it at www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com 

The painting can be found on this week’s blog post, along with the lyrics to Tenderness (on my blog, I include the lyrics to the song featured on this podcast every week).

It all ties in together. I do have sheet music for this song. It’s not online yet but it will be. My students enjoy playing this song as a piano solo piece. 

I have a stack of sheet music of my compositions in various stages of completion. About 12 songs are available online, I hope that figure is in the hundreds within a year or two. 

Ok. In the meantime, join me for breakfast and then: back in time, in the CBD of Melbourne. And oh yeah, well dive right into having a look at the lyrics and the music of Tenderness (Strongest Memories). Here we go….


Made It Through



Episode #112: Made It Through   (Song starts at 7:31)

This song caught my eye to feature in this week’s episode. 

Each week when it comes time to record another episode, I enjoy just going with the flow. I leap in there and see what happens.

The threads appear as I go along and we just sort of see where chatting about the song takes us each week. It’s always a fun and there are always pleasant surprises. 

Sometimes my songs are based on reality, sometimes they’re sort of ‘made up’. 

The lyrics of today’s song just started out as a mystery. There was just a feeling I had..a bit of an Autumn/sad feeling. Once I’d sung a couple of verses of things that sprung to mind (about an imaginary person who (apparently) was going through a rough time, with a relationship), a musical interlude gave me time to reflect on my relationship with my now wife and I thought how bad it would feel if we sailed into (imaginary) troubled waters…and it lead me to the title… Made It Through.

As I record this episode, a bit of weather kicks in and you can hear it on the microphone. Most recording sessions would be cancelled as I have a tin roof and it’s not a soundproof room. But what the heck. I kept the tape rolling. And I’m glad I did. We made it through.

This song #623, started with a nice piano riff that came through my fingers one autumn afternoon, as I sat at the piano, waiting to teach an adult student. 

It really pays to write these things down. Not rocket science, but then… I’ve learned through experience. I’ve composed something and then a week later, I’ve looked blankly at a page of nonsensical minimal squiggles that meant absolutely nothing to me.

As a songwriter, I’ve been prolific over the years – just because I really love the process of writing a song – and I’ve been good at writing them down too. 

It’s nice to be introducing some songs here….sharing them in a very raw form, with a backstory and lots of other chat. 

Tonight I had the idea I’d record albums of songs from this podcast. Piano/vocal versions. That’d be fun. And produce the sheet music, etc…

I love how creative projects can lead on unexpectedly to another one. 

That’s how songs like ‘Made It Through’ happen. Each section leads to another that wouldn’t have came to be, if it hadn’t been for the first bit. 

Once I had the riff together, and sat with it.. Words started to come through. So sang and wrote them down and sang some more, and so on… 

It’s a fascinating process. 

Want to join me for more? Like to hear the piano/vocal version of this song, sung live in the studio?  Here we go…

By the way you can read the lyrics in this week’s blog post, and see the podcast episode art, if it doesn’t appear on the platform where you listen to your podcasts. 

www.petepascoe.wordpress.com.  Also I mention my paintings. You can view lots of seascapes here: www.petepascoe.com. I have an exhibition coming up later this year. So I’m painting flat out, presently. I put my brush down to record this episode. I’m glad I did. 

It’s always very much a pleasure to record episodes for this podcast. It’s been a very positive addition to weekly proceedings for me, I hope it is for you, too. I hope you’re enjoying tuning in each week.


With You



Episode #111: With You   (song starts at 2:45)

This episode features a song I wrote in 1993. Song #309 jumped out of my song book this week. 

I haven’t played this – or thought about it for that matter – for years, for some reason.

Perhaps this is a ‘universal’  love song for someone….for someone (if that makes sense). It also talks about a higher love that I think can be found (rediscovered – a bit like me rediscovering this song) during our time on earth.

I had to make sure I could still play it before I hit record. A quick play of the fingers on the keys and it all came to back to me. 

It really has been a journey of discovery on this podcast, picking out old songs that I’ve written and delving into them to see ‘what lies beneath the surface’. 

I think this particular song is a good match of music and lyrics. There is river imagery in this song ( just for a change, for me) so, like a river, I’ve come up with chords and melody that flow along, with subtle changes m like a peaceful ever. 

I mention Roger from Adelaide in this episode. He wrote to me recently, drawing my attention to the water imagery I use in my songs and musing on that to a degree. Roger wrote the initial lyrics to A Tincture Of Time (Episode #63, which I really enjoyed – both writing the song with Roger – & recording the process). I said in this episode that’s not something I often do (write song with others…).  I should said ‘other than with Paul Dredge from New Zealand’. We’ve written easily 100 songs together. 

The songs come with in a rush, generally. Both the words and the music. I edit these songs in a fun, creative manner. Each time I play my songs, I’m open to editing them – right up to the moment the tape rolls during recording. 

‘With You’ has a gentle rolling lilt. A country sort of feel. It’s probably one of the more honest love songs I’ve written. I guess that’s what brings in the ‘higher love’ element.

I mention the laughter of children in the lyrics. The pure joy of a child’s laughter is amazing. As an adult, when we rediscover that aspect of ourselves – and it’s often when it bubbles up by itself – it’s a surprise. 

Art and music can be a way to find that same sort of ‘simple’ joy. Looking at these songs and sharing what comes to mind gives me so much pleasure.

It’s so nice to know these episodes are streaming for people all around the world. I’m doing my bit to contribute something positive online. 

If you want to find more of my music and art, you can find plenty online. 13 albums (thus far), hundreds of paintings and cartoons, videos and writing. 

There’s plenty more to publish. I have composed 800+ songs. There’s a new album ‘The Untrodden Track’ that will be out shortly (folk rock, with Paul Dredge).

Ok here we go … Grab a cuppa maybe and sit back, relax, let me entertain you.

Lyrics are on this week’s Blog post www.petepascoe.wordpress.com


Lonely Path



Episode #110:  Lonely Path  (Song starts at 7:03)

I enjoyed singing and playing Lonely Path live for today’s episode. I do this sometimes. Other times I’ll select an old demo or maybe an album track. It adds variety along the way. It’s all a work in progress.

I played a gig today – and yesterday – at the village green. It’s a small village. A very nice community farmers market was on today. I’d shut my eyes as I started off singing and opened them after a couple of songs. 

I found myself pretty much surrounded by a decent crowd. They’d materialised very quietly, drawn by the music and were listening very closely. 

It’s the most rewarding thing when you get that response as a songwriter. What it means is: because these people don’t know the song they’re listening too, it had better be engaging emotionally and have whatever it takes as a performance to draw the listener in… and that’s what happened. 

Yesterday, on the green, the same thing happened but on a smaller scale. This time when I shut my eyes to start it was just myself, a few sculptors, a human performance artist coloured gold, being a statue. Interesting gig! I was hired to attract attention to this public art demonstration/event.  And… The ‘extra’ listener I drew in first was a fellow who had obviously had a big night out and hadn’t gone home. 

He came right into my personal space…I sensed him before I opened my eyes.. When I did he looked at me menacingly and said ” do I look angry to you? ”  I said “No, man, you look like you could do with a lie down.”

Which he did. He promptly lay down and appeared to pass out. After that, during the gig, every now and then he’d wake up appreciatively declare ” %}^% ing brilliant”, “Beautiful music”.  The sun shone and we looked after him. He was safe with us, the artists. 

So I played music rather like a soundscape for what was going on around me. 

I mention all this because the subject of today’s song. Lonely path. The fellow asleep next to me on the green yesterday was alone. I was alone playing. We are all alone, in a sense.

The song came about when one of my students asked me what it’s like to be a songwriter. I told him the usual stuff (rewarding, exhilarating, hard at times, a joy, etc). 

Immediately after he left, with a quiet laugh, I said to myself “It’s a lonely path.” 

So that’s where the song started. 

As an artist, there is a sort of a price to pay, somehow. It’s well worth it. But it does require long periods of contemplation, which requires solitude. A lonely word in itself, yet there is solace here. Times of regular reflection sure has its rewards.

So here we go, with a ‘heart my sleeve’ episode… here’s how I feel, being a songwriter, painter and poet. 

And.. of course, on this episode you’ll get to find out about more about how a song comes together. 

Here we go…

As usual, the lyrics are on this week’s blog post :  www.petepascoe.worpress.com (plus Seascapes, Cartoons and more).