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.