Monthly Archives: August 2020

Walk By The River

Episode #24: Walk By The River – (Song at 6.14)

Welcome to another podcast episode – a big show again, this week! 

Picture me on a stage, with my piano. You’re the intimate audience. Yes, you’re going to a get a song- song# 385 as matter of fact. But that’s far from all you’ll be hearing about. 

Come back in time with me and we’ll see where the song came from. At the time I composed this song, I was reading Tolkien by candlelight, listening to De Ja vu by Crosby Stills Nash and Young. It was a peaceful time for me.

I walked by the river a lot, fly fishing and letting my worries go. Just as my father did before me and his father did before him, on that same river. 

This song was the last one I wrote before I left New Zealand to come to live in Australia. 

As well as looking at the lyrics and the music, you’ll get to hear about a (humorous) unfortunate episode involving me by the river in NZ on a very dark night, finding my way back to my car. And another yarn about a quiet stream, years later, in Victoria, Australia. 

Along with life observations, insights to the song writing process, a yarn or two about gigs I’ve played and some other surprises ….enjoy some music and a chat. 

Sit back , grab a cuppa and put your feet up for 30 minutes. Let me entertain you!

Winter Blue

Episode #23: Winter Blue – (Song at 11.43)

Hi there, Welcome to another episode of Song and a Chat. If it’s your first time here, well, I hope you’re in for a treat. You’ll get to step into the shoes of a songwriter. You’ll hear a bit about how the song came together. 

I had ski gig – playing piano in an old restaurant in the evenings, skiing all day when it was fine. When it rained I wrote songs, drew cartoons ….and I went trout fishing. I tell a yarn about the time I was asked to take a party of people white water rafting…. 

If this sounds a long way away from songwriting, well, it is. I’m enjoying just following my nose and relating memories like this adventure… 

Winter Blue is today’s song. What’s this one about?  Once I’d taken up the gig and got there, I realised I was going to miss …a lot… and …someone in particular. 

This is a gentle ballad, with a lilting melody. I will record it with an orchestra one day. 

So in amongst stories, of fishing, and white water rafting (I take you on the river with me that winter’s afternoon…) plus we have some music. 

I’ll examine the lyrics, and the music of the song, from a songwriting point of view. 

If you’ve never heard a songwriter speak about this sort of thing, hopefully you’ll find this interesting. 

Ok, buckle up for the ride. Here we go off to New Zealand high country in 1988, where there’s a young fella waiting to tell a yarn or two, and sing you a song.

Everyone Falls

Episode #22:  Everyone Falls – (Song at 1:40)

This podcast is a bit like a songwriter speaks type of gig. I’ll talk about an old demo, well look at it from a songwriting point view. Plus – and perhaps more so – I’m talking about episodes from my past – you’ll get a slice of the life of a songwriter. 

Recording these episodes, I fly by the seat of my pants. It’s a casual presentation each week. I talk honestly about my work.

I also talk the featured song of the week –  what I was feeling at the time wrote it. I talk  about the lyrics & the music. 

Everyone Falls is this week’s song. It’s from an old album called the Patient Hum – this is the 21st year (!) since I released 100 CDs of it (yep, back in the day).  I have recently re-recorded the vocals. I’ve nearly finished remixing this album. It’ll be online soon..

When I composed this, in 1998, I was 2 years into a ‘new start’ in Melbourne, after leaving New Zealand. 

I went back to NZ for a music tour that didn’t happen. So I decided to record instead. In one afternoon we recorded 14 songs. This was one of them. I released the album as I said, and at the time I also released my Eridanus /River Music album.

It turns out (in my opinion) the song Everyone Falls also reads well as a piece of poetry. On the spur of the moment, I give it a reading …this was a surprise. I think it goes well. 

The lyrics came about reflecting on the fact that I’d gone from playing the lead role of JC Superstar, and playing with the band in a rock festival to suddenly singing covers in a Holiday Inn and starting all over again. 

You gotta have humility, a thick skin, a good sense of humour and a mountain of determination to do this ‘artist’ thing…

So this song could be about the ups and downs (and resurrecting ) an existing  path, it could be about something that urges us on, rescues us, the natural essence.. call it what you will. 

I hope you enjoy this song and I hope you enjoy the chat. 

Thanks for tuning in. 

Don’t You Ever Give In

Episode #21: Don’t You Ever Give In – (Song at 12:03 & 28:51)

If you streamed this episode, what would you hear about? Well…

Hi, my name’s Pete Pascoe, I’m a songwriter with a lot of songs. Each week I talk about a song I’ve written & what I was thinking when I wrote the song. I relate anecdotes from around time as well & include observations about life in general – all delivered in a laid back manner with a dose of humour. 

So this week, song number 368, ‘Don’t You Ever Give In’ … the title says it all: it’s been a challenging time..but I won’t give in. 

So this song came from 1996 which was the year before I left New Zealand and I headed off to Melbourne to start all over again, 

With all the ups and downs that happened in the years that followed, this song was a bit of a touchstone for me just to keep going – and I still am. I’m pretty determined. 

In between talking about the song, I’ll take you on an audition I undertook once trying out for the role of JC in J C Superstar…

This was also the year I wrote and recorded my first piano music album, River Music. And the band played a huge outdoor rock concert ….

It was big year, looking  back. It’s been an interesting ride. 

Come along with me on a journey back in time and hear some tales, we’ll look at the song lyrics, and there’s two versions of the song to boot!

I’m also sharing lots of art and music each week. I’m a cartoonist and a seascape painter along with making the music if you’d like to see some of this check out my blog. 



Episode #20: Photograph – (Song at 5:40)

Welcome back to to another episode of Song and a Chat.

This week’s song talks about the idea of how a photograph – or a single memory can then bring into your mind a bunch of memories from the same time, and then you discover you’ve actually remembered much more from that particular time than you thought you had.

Music has a way of bringing back memories, doesn’t it.

The song Photograph also explores how we ’cast a line’ into our possible future.

..and that gives me a nice segue into letting you know in this episode I talk about a fly fishing afternoon I shared with a couple of friends. In the high country in New Zealand. So this podcast is turning out to be part ‘travel magazine’ too!

Recording these podcast episodes is taking me into some unexpected and often surprising (to me) concepts and avenues. It’s really great fun.

Photograph is also about those few special teachers that come into your life for just the right amount of time to show you something and set you on a course where you’re going to see it through.

As I chat, I sit at my piano and talk about the song from a musical/songwriting angle and also analyse the lyrics. It’s all done in a laid-back ‘light’, inclusive manner …

I’ve said it before ; I’m not going to tell you how to write a song, but I am going to tell you how I write a song.

Ok Curious? Want to hear more? I hope so ! Grab a cup, put your feet up and be entertained.

Thanks for tuning in.

By the way, each week, you can find the song lyrics on my blog post of the week – in amongst all the art and other music …I paint seascapes and draw cartoons – that’s what I’ve been up to today, as well as writing a blog, making videos and recording this episode. is my blog.                       Website:  

Also, if you are enjoying my podcast, please do spread the word…  this is only my 20th episode – I’m brand new to this and I’m loving it. There’s plenty more to come!