Monthly Archives: September 2020

My Picture

Episode #28: My Picture – (Song at 9:22)

Welcome to another episode. Time is whizzing by in lockdown, here in Melbourne, it’s been about 28 weeks (with a brief respite mid way). 

And it’s been about 24 years since I wrote the song ‘My Picture’. 

This song is about a breath you take as you go within and allow room for some self reflection. 

Speaking of stopping, the world used to stop for me whenever Elton John came on the radio. Elton John and Bernie Taupin were a huge influence on my music – and my life, as it turns out . 

I wrote a poem about the first time I wrote a song, here it is.  

The Christmas Present – Peace Pesto

Elton gets a mention in that poem. On this episode, as I’m talking about Elton, my hands wander on the keys of my piano and I start a song, unintentionally. 

I then analyse what I was up to, what I was thinking about, some of the theory, etc…. so that was a nice unexpected  detour. 

And that’s what this podcast is about …going with the moment. It makes it interesting, keeps it creative, keeps me in the flow. You get to hear about how it is to be a songwriter. 

Back to the song Page number 364 of you song books, Ladies and Gentlemen.I wrote it the year before I left NZ to come and live in Melbourne. Again, taking a breath before the next big adventure. 

And it’s been a brilliant adventure of many chapters, in the years since. 

Ok, want some music? You get that – a piano/ vocal demo. Want some chat? You’ve come to the right place..  Eg: There a was a fellow that came into the bar/restaurant where I was playing piano. This chap demanded Cold Chisel….anyhow…   Sit back, grab a cuppa and let me entertain and hopefully inform you..

More (related) music and art here ; weekly blog

Pete Pascoe Art and Music Youtube channel  (link)

In The Scheme Of Things

Episode #27: In The Scheme Of Things – (Song at 7:35)

Welcome back again to another episode. I’m going to endeavour to give you an insight into how it feels to write a song, the sort of thoughts a songwriter has.

It was peaceful this morning, here in Melbourne –  just little light drizzle, no wind. I found I’d woken in quite reflective state of mind. This particular song came to me as I thought about my place in the scheme of things.

This time last year I was on the Pohangina river in the Manawatu in New Zealand ( beautiful language, isn’t it – the way Maori words roll off the tongue – I do my best).

I took a photo of a pool on the river that day – place that has so many memories for me. 

You can see the photo in my blog post this week. The lyrics are there too each week, by the way – in case you’re like me and you like to read along while the song is playing.

It’s a beautiful river, a very gentle paced flow. Not fast, not sluggish. Just right for a relaxed walk /wade

A bit later on, back in Melbourne, at the school where I teach piano, the first bit of melody came with a whistle as I walked between students.. I got the melody first. 

Then back in my piano room,  I flicked open my iPad, came across the photo of the river and the words just started to come to me. So I sat at the piano, played quietly stopping now and then to write down each line as it came in. It’s such a great feeling. It’s something I never take for granted. 

It’s great to have this platform to share the process. There’s something here for everyone..perhaps you’re a lyricist, maybe looking to pick up an idea or two, or a songwriter? Or  ‘just’ someone – it could be you-  curious to see what goes on.

You’ll get a heartfelt song into the bargain, plus some life observations and humour. Also I’ll take you with me back in time for a peaceful walk on the river..

If you like my music, there’s plenty more we this came from. You can stream it, view videos, I’m also a seascape painter and cartoonist.  website

Youtube Channel: Pete Pascoe Art and Music ( link this to): 12 albums here.


Fair New Day

Episode #26: Fair New Day – (Song at 6:33)

It’s springtime here in Melbourne. Today was indeed a fair new day. 

Tune in again this week and catch another song. If it’s your first time here, welcome! You are now part of an intimate listening audience. Let me entertain and inform you. 

I want to give you an insight as to where this song came from, how it came into being. 

This one started to come through on the night of a big rock roll band gig, featuring yours truly on lead vocals. This particular day I’d woken up with an horrendously sore throat. I was about to head out to the gig, where I’d be basically screaming my head off, getting above drums and guitars… Lots of energy. 

So I thought I better have a very gentle vocal warm up on my piano before I left home for the gig. The warm up chords and gentle humming straight away sounded like a song… 

You’ll also hear about a rather annoying neighbours dog that woke me up very early one morning.. (not being a morning person, myself)…

I love writing lyrics. It amazes me how the words seem to come through if their own accord ‘on the ether’. The same with the music: the melodies, the chords, all the ideas.. It’s as much a mystery to me now as it was the day it first happened for me.

Join me on a journey of discovery as I delve into what it’s like to be a songwriter. I ‘wing it’ and have fun as I roll – while I enjoy sharing some of the nuances of songwriting and share some observations on life in general, I like to keep the tone lighthearted – we are here to be entertained.

Grab a cuppa, put your feet up. Like a yarn or three and some new music ? You’ve come to the right place. Enjoy.

(By the way, the time where the song kicks in is in the title each week).

Run Away (It’s Never Easy)

Episode #25: Run Away (It’s Never Easy) – (Song at 8:10 & 25:00)

Songs take you right back to what you were up to at the time when they came into your life, don’t they? 

When you write a song, a heartfelt song, it seems the effect increases tenfold. 

Particularly if you are writing from the heart. And that’s what I do…

Listening to today’s song Run Away (I.N.E.), song number #176, it took me right back in time to when I wrote it. 

It’s a song about a relationship….if you like lyrics, we dip into the words and see how they came together, what they’re about…

I introduce: ‘Mr piano man, Pete Pascoe’ …I touch on how it is to be a piano man & more than that…

You’ll get to step into the shoes of a song writer – literally, this time: I demonstrate how I start writing the beginning of a song, As I talk, my fingers rest on the keys and I bring the piano in and out of proceedings.

Also you’ll get to come on a fishing adventure in the waves at the beach in New Zealand..

Hopefully you’ll be entertained , you’ll feel informed.

And you’ll get two versions of the song today! 

Grab a cuppa, sit back and come on a trip into another world. 

The world of a songwriter. 

It’s my passion, it’s who I am. 

You can find more of my music and art here …plus the usual streaming services.

Www.petepascoe,com Blog magazine style of art and music posts

Pete Pascoe art and music YouTube.  Art and music videos, funnily enough.