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A Little Light



Episode #56: A Little Light   (Song at 4.56)

Hi there, welcome to another episode packed with anecdotes, songwriting insights & humour. Even if you’re not overly into songwriting, you might enjoy this – the focus is on information and entertainment! So sit back and have a listen as I chat, touch briefly on concepts, before moving on to the next thought.

I record these episodes without any notes. As soon as I settle on the song and flick the mic on, all sorts of possibilities come into my mind..memories, and those invariably leads to some peoples faces, which brings up different emotions. I would say emotion is the big driver of song composition. 

This week’s song is about how there’s always ways to bring a little light into your life – no matter how dark it gets.

You can view me singing this episode’s song on my YouTube channel Pete Pascoe Music Art (lots of music videos here) It’s so nice to shut my eyes and have a sing (as I play the piano) through some songs from my songbooks. There’s often a series of pleasant surprises for me, as I recall old melodies & sections of songs I’d forgotten I’d composed. 

The songs are all written in my songbooks in a shorthand form – just enough to remind me of the crucial information. I’ve begun creating lead sheets and piano arrangements of all these songs – they’ll be up online before long.

It’s nice to bring these songs out into the light – shed a little light on how they came to be, what there about,,..

Right. I’ve been out fishing: yesterday until 11pm, then I was up at dawn this morning at 5.45am ….last night it was great to see the sunset, then the starlight. Then seeing dawn this morning..all these different times of day have a slightly different light.  I talk about these scenes, the things I saw when I was fishing on the rocks and at the beach.

And I think I’m going to head out tonight… yep, I’m a bit keen on fishing – it’s my ‘time out’.

I hope you enjoy this episode. I feel inspired each time I start talking about the music. I enjoy adding some piano here and there, as I speak, too. 

Do look up my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com . You can read the lyrics of each episode’s song, see a painting & some cartoons (& this week, you can have read about how I feel about what’s on TV and commercial radio these days – not my personal cup of tea….). 

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you know of someone whom you think might enjoy this podcast, please feel free to share it far and wide. Thank you in advance. 

Eventually I’m going to be producing video courses and ebooks on songwriting. I’m really looking forward to that. If that sounds like you, please do sign up to my email list. info@petepascoe.com (you’ll get a free album of music and a weekly email so you won’t miss a thing).

I have 13 albums @ www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com  and about 6 of those albums are streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.

I produce music in different genres…. 4 piano solo albums that play for an hour,more, piano vocal albums, rock band music & folk rock.. I love it all. 

Ok. I hope you enjoy ‘A Little Light’

Pete.


Don’t Miss The Bus



Episode #55: Don’t Miss The Bus   (Song at 7.22)

Written in 2013, this one came to me in a series of verses… ‘on the ether’, as it were. It really felt like I was just sitting, taking notes. Words – lots of words – kept on coming through. When I thought it was finished, more words kept on coming through. 

The mystery of where these songs come from is something that comes up often in these podcast episodes. 

You can read the lyrics on my blog here (each week the lyrics to the featured songs are here). www.petepascoe.wordpress.com

There’s plenty of songwriting tips. One of them is: I think it’s really important to have something different completely different up your sleeve that you can immerse yourself in, from time to time. Something that is not related to whatever you spend most of your time on. It’s good to ‘unplug’.

Today I talk about how it felt to be out fishing on the rocks beside the calm Port Phillip Bay, here in Melbourne. That’s my ‘thing’ : time out in nature, beside the water.

It still amazes me after all these years when these songs come along. It’s been a full life so far, committed to the creative processes. 

I’m really enjoying having a go at explaining the songwriting process, how it happens differently with some songs.’’eg: what was the inspiration? Etc.

In this case, the words are about the different forms love can take in this woken life. 

Talking about this sort of thing could quickly get out of hand and pretty much…boring. But I do my best to keep it free, fun and entertaining. 

I don’t use show notes when I record these episodes. It’s all off the cuff. And I think that helps when you’re attempting to analyse a creative process. It helps to be free & it helps if you’re having fun. 

It turns out, I’m noticing after 50 odd episodes, I end up in the ‘songwriting state of mind’ as I record whatever comes to mind. 

It gives me energy, I find it all fascinating. Ok, I hope you do too. I hope you enjoy today’s song and hope you enjoy the chat. 

Thanks so much for tuning in. 

By the way, I’d love you to sign up to my email list. That way, you won’t miss a thing.. New albums, songs, videos, paintings, cartoons, gigs, exhibitions, blogs….

Thanks again, 

Pete


Falling



Episode #54: Falling (Out The Back Of My Mind)   (Song at 5:50 and 28:28)

Last week I touched on the idea that the most important thing about songwriting is that you want to convey feeling. I do think it’s actually more important than the message. 

‘Falling’ is a song that fits that description to a ‘t’. 

A friend of mine listened to the song the other week. She got back to me, said it made it her cry. She wasn’t sure what the song was about…..but it got to her – she really liked it. 

Job done! As an artist you are looking for an emotional reaction. That’s number one…so, mission achieved. 

You’ll get to hear two versions of the song on this episode – a piano vocal version which has an air of fragility about the performance. Then at the end of the episode, you can hear the band version of the song. It’s interesting how you can start with the same melancholy feeling, but then you can take it all to another level with the right instrumentation – and the right band. 

Anyway. My plan each week is to put you in the shoes of a songwriter, give you an insight into where a song comes from. If this is your first visit here, thanks for dropping by. I aim for these episodes to be informative, relaxing and entertaining. I deliver the information in a manner that is hopefully appealing to both musicians versed in theory – and the layman, equally. You need no musical knowledge to follow the majority of what I’m talking about. 

Notice I haven’t mentioned much about what today’s song is about … It’s a mystery! But it was somehow ‘pressing’, insistent that I do my best to interpret some of the sounds, the images, the feelings that were coming through. 

Piqued your curiosity? I hope so. 

With the help of my piano, I play it live as I talk, I hope to shed some light on what’s going on with the song Falling. 

Join me now for song and a chat. Enjoy!

As usual, I have really enjoyed recording this episode. Once again the sense of mystery – the unquantifiable elements – of the creative domain take me on a merry dance. And it’s all good fun. 

YouTube Pete Pascoe Art and Music 

The Roughest Cut by Pete Pascoe and The Patient Hum (this is the Bandcamp link, but it’s streaming on all the usual platforms..Spotify, etc.

Www.petepascoe.wordpress.com  this is my blog, where you can view this week’s seascape painting, plus there’s lots more music and art here each week. 

The book I mention in this episode is : by the Pixar boss, great piece of extremely clear writing, describing how people can communicate extremely clearly and powerfully and productive lay in the right group of supportive, open people. It’s like being in a band… 


Everlasting



Episode #53: Everlasting  (Song at 5.48)

Hi there, 

Welcome to another episode. If it’s your first time here, thanks for stopping by. My plan is to try and put you in the shoes of a songwriter – both in general terms and also what I was thinking and feeling when I wrote the song featured in each episode. 

I’m having a fun week. I inherited a very nice old writing desk. Being a writer, I am stoked with this. I also picked up a cool lamp for my studio (from the grass verge). I actually talked to the guy as he was returning home from a jog. The lamp had belonged to his mum. I said to him it’s going to be put to good use in my studio.

I bring these things up because it is good to create a space that makes you feel good in a creative sense. Makes sense, right? 

Ok, Everlasting, song # 519 …this one was inspired by the bird chorus – both the dawn chorus and the evening song. It can’t help but give us a lift if we stop and listen. Which I do. 

The kookaburras did their thing this morning at 5.30 am, waking me from a deep sleep. It didn’t worry me. It’s a great sound – and they know when to shut up, which is a good thing. 

Birdsong is so peaceful, it inspires a bigger picture / underlying, deeper themes and I attempted to put some of those feelings and ideas in the lyrics for a short simple song. 

Every time I write a song it fills me with so much energy. And something happens when I turn the mic on and record these podcast episodes… the same energy fills me. A lot of the songwriting process is a complete mystery and it’ll remain that way. There is an awful lot that you can analyse and I do talk about it….like the importance of catching ‘feeling’. That’s so important…probably even before ‘a message’…in terms of what a song should have.

I hope you enjoy this episode. As usual there’s some pretty deep concepts, but it’s all presented in a relaxed manner. I’m enjoying this so much. Thanks again for stopping by. 

In this episode, I do mention the painting I did today while sitting at the beach. You can see the painting, the writing desk, the everlasting painting and the lamp + the lyrics to everlasting  on this week’s blog….it’s on. www.petepascoe.wordpress.com  Enjoy.


Talk In Riddles



Episode #52: Talk In Riddles

It’s an interesting thing for me to consider how I came to be a songwriter. It’s not something I really set out to be, but listening to the likes of Elton John, Neil Young and Neil Finn, something sparked in me. And it burst into flame and its still burning strong after all this time. 800 songs later and I’m still enjoying the whole process very, very much.
This is song #283, from 1993. I see I wrote the lyrics in Auckland, NZ.  This was the week I went to see Suzanne Vega in concert.The producer of her great album, 99.9 Fahrenheit, Mitchell Froom, was on keyboards. He produced crowded houses first 3 albums. He is now the keyboard player for Crowded House – they are on tour in New Zealand currently. Playing Palmerston North soon at the beautiful Regent Theatre.
Today I listened online to an interview with Mitchell Froom, who was talking about his role as keyboard player for Crowded House. I find that on the same day I pick a out the song I wrote the week I saw him perform in NZ to be a cool coincidence.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018786468/crowded-house-keyboardist-s-arrival-35-years-in-the-making
Incidentally, I was lucky enough to play keyboards in concert with Neil Finn for a show on one of his solo tours…it was by invitation ….at the Regent Theatre in Palmerston North, New Zealand years ago….a great experience.
These last few weeks, I’ve been listening to Crowded House on Neil Finn’s online fang radio show. They’ve been presenting unplugged versions of the songs on their albums to date and talking about how the recordings happened. It’s been great.
https://www.fangradio.com/
But I digress – quite decidedly so. That’s a little bit how I roll on these episodes. The more I talk instinctively, the more the mysterious threads all fall together and ( mostly) crystallise into something quite clear.
Any how, I’m talking in riddles here….
The song was a reaction to unclear communication between myself and a potential romantic interest. It was a growing time for me.
Songwriting is a really therapeutic thing. But you want it to be more than just therapy… It’s gotta be a step on from that, so it’s art.
So today, as usual, I look at the lyrics and the music and talk about how the song came together.
I’ll also take you fishing on a small stream in Victoria, Australia. I’ve just returned from a camping trip at the foot of the mountains and it was bliss.
I painted a picture of the stream – it’s on my blog – so are the lyrics to today’s song. You can find them here each week: www.petepascoe.wordpress.com
Have I piqued your curiosity? I hope so. Sit back and have a listen.
I hope you enjoy today’s episode.
More here: www.petepascoe.comwww.petepascoe.bandcamp.com Youtube: Pete Pascoe Art and Music
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Unzipped Heads



Episode #51: Unzipped Heads  (Song at 5.40)

Hi there, welcome to another episode! 

This week’s song is a bit ‘mad’ in a slightly wild sort of way. It came from looking at a picture of a pig which my wife had put on the fridge door. I thought I’d have a bit of fun. So straight away I felt like I’d give it an up sort of swung feel in the chorus…

It’s a great idea to try different styles – and we can open our minds by listening to all sorts of songs (being guided by artificial intelligence as to what we might like to listen to on streaming services really concerns me, but that’s another subject. Songs and art in general are about something much more subtle than what ( I hope) a computer algorithm could ever perceive). 

Each week when I flick the mic on, I explain some of the steps I take as a songwriter as I compose – without attempting to sort of take away the mystery about the process.

There are simple steps to take along the way to writing a song, but there’s certainly no ‘one’ path. 

If this is your first time here, thinking about having a listen, I hope you enjoy listening to some new music and chat that goes on around it. 

In the past, I have presented these sorts of episodes with a live audience and it’s been great fun doing that. I’m looking forward to doing more over those sort of gigs, once we get back out gigging again, here in Melbourne.

In my studio, as I talk about whatever comes into my mind, I’ve got my audience firmly in mind. I keep it light, entertaining and informative. Lots of casual asides, anecdotes, life observations, etc…

This podcast is something that’s really ‘clicked’ for me, personally. Over time I may refine what I’m up to here, but for I’m enjoying the whole process.

I also play some piano as I talk, to demonstrate what I talking about. 

If you enjoy this episode, there plenty more where this came from.

If you’d like to see more about what I’m up to as a song-writer and artist…( seascapes and cartoons), check out my blog petepascoe.wordpress.com .Each week there’s a new painting and cartoons, etc there. Plus links to more of my music. I have 13 albums up online – solo and with others. ..

Please do sign up to my email list- email me at info@petepascoe.com …what do you get ? You’ll get to hear about new albums, videos, paintings, exhibitions and gigs…and you’ll receive a free sampler album from my www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com ( 13 albums here). I also have about 6 albums on Spotify, Apple, etc…

Anyway, today let’s see where that pig on the fridge took me. 

Thanks for having a listen.


Climbing Mountains



Episode #50: Climbing Mountains   (Song at 6.08)

Welcome to another ‘songwriter speaks’ episode. In fact, (Ta dah!!! ) this is my 50th episode. I really look forward to turning the mic on, having a chat and sharing a song (a demo) each week.

You can check out this week’s song on YouTube ( Pete Pascoe Art and Music ) too – I videoed myself singing and playing 14 songs on Valentine’s Day ( I went ‘live’ for the 1st 5 songs on Instagram). I particularly liked the version of this song. So I thought I’d look it at it for this episode.

The lyrics are about someone who’s doing it tough. The title came from a book about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Mt Everest. I started with that title, then the thought of this person came strongly to me. Empathy appears to be a big part of being songwriter, if you are looking to engage a listener.

As I say, this person was really struggling, so: climbing a mountain? How about actually making to the kitchen table, for a start.
The result is a supportive sort of a lyric, ‘we are there for you’ sort of tone, while hopefully being in encouraging in a ‘You’ve got this, you’ll get through it’ sort of way – ‘but I want you to know, you’re not alone’.
I wrote this song in 2016. It seems apt for now with so many people struggling around the world with covid -19
The music is slightly unsettling (intentionally so in the verses). It gets moving in the mid sections, then it’s warm and predictable in the choruses  – and ultimately reflective at the end.
It is such good fun writing songs. You really tune into a creative realm and it seems to be collaborative effort. It’s fascinating to me.
Anyway, if I’ve piqued your curiosity, grab a cuppa, sit back and and I’ll guide you through the process in a relaxed, inclusive manner including a look at the lyrics.
If you like new music, check this episode out – and then there’s another 49 to go back and listen too! Or if you’ve been with me for a while now, thanks for tuning in each week. I hope you enjoy today’s podcast.
Don’t forget, the lyrics are on my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com


Original



Episode #49: Original   (Song at 6.24)

Hi, I’m Pete Pascoe. I’m a songwriter (800+songs), a painter, a pianist, cartoonist and a writer. I’m enjoying recording these episodes, talking about the creative song writing process that goes on…amongst other things.

Welcome to another episode of exploration, experimentation, information and fun…

This is the podcast where I feature a demo of a song I’ve composed. Each week, I endeavour to shed some light on where these songs come from. 

It’s a fascinating thing for me, analysing the process. It’s often surprising to me just how much I can remember about how the lyrics and the music came together. I just follow my nose on these episodes, there’s very little structure and I think this allows for freedom of thought – creative thought- which is exactly what’s required to explain some of this business.

In this week’s episode, I touch on self development, how that process can be enhanced, helped, etc by following a creative path. 

I’m fully on that path. I’m very grateful that I’ve managed to hang onto the freedom I had as a child – freedom of thought and freedom in terms of what I choose to get up to with my life. 

In this week’s blog post, I’ve written about it. The importance of getting outside, away from the Internet, etc. 

The song Original (song# 291) returns to that theme. In amongst some big picture sort of global conflicts/events It talks about the importance of finding your own path – it certainly doesn’t have to be at odds with society, but I think ideally we need to live a life that is…an honest one. An original one.

As we grow, our world view grows and we change our views. This song was written by a relatively young person, finding his way in his twenties. 

There’s lots of songwriting tips, there’s humour, life observations….you get the picture.

Thanks for tuning in. I hope you enjoy the music and I hope you enjoy the chat.

Here’s the link to my blog post which has the lyrics from Original and this week’s painting on it, plus a bit more.  www.petepascoe.wordpress.com  enjoy

 


In My Own Time



Episode#48: In My Own Time – (Song at 7.38 & 20.35)

Sometimes the cliche of ‘a dark time in a life being the time where seeds can be planted and eventually grow into something new’….happens. 

This is what happened with In My Own Time. 

One dark night long ago, I wrote down exactly the thoughts that came into to my mind- stream of consciousness style. 

The music does reflect the mood of those words. But there’s an underlying sort of uplifting lilt that comes through, almost despite myself. It seems to be an ongoing theme in my at and music – I will generally offer something that is ultimately uplifting. 

But it’s true. The artist’s pain can become something that gives people pleasure, that’s just one of the great things about the arts. 

In this episode, I also include some of the version the band eventually recorded. It’s quite ‘up’. So much so, it became the song we played first at all our gigs for a few years.

Here’s where you can hear the whole song ( and the album ‘This World Offers You) https://petepascoe.bandcamp.com/music

So from the dark night of the soul, something has grown and it has lasted. 

No matter what you’re up to, if you’re on a path, following a passion, never give up. Just keep moving and you’ll get through. 

In this episode, I also play a quick snippet of a song ‘Unwind’. I recorded an instrumental version of it today. You can see the video on YouTube at Pete Pascoe Art and Music 

Any artistic path has its rocky parts. You’ve just got to be determined – and perhaps a little mad – to see it through at times. When I wrote these lyrics, I wasn’t exactly on top of the world….and this week, on Sunday, I painted a picture at the beach. It was a really rough day. Very moody colours, but I had a job just hanging onto my canvas, let alone getting paint in the right places. But I got there! 

I’m loving sharing my songwriting tips, ideas, etc… Each week, I look forward to recording an episode for this podcast. I record my spoken voice the way I rewrite my lyrics: I shoot from the hip, go with instinct and sense of exploration – and I have fun. Actually that’s not a bad recipe to keep in mind when you’re trying to get into the creative zone required to do anything in the arts. 

Ok, I hope you enjoy this episode as much a I enjoyed recording it. 

If you do enjoy it, there’s 40 odd episodes to discover. Please do follow me here..and spread the word! 

See more on petepascoe.wordpress.com. Links to art and music there. 

Enjoy! 


I Wish



Episode #47: I Wish  (Song at 5.44)

If you had one thing you could wish for, what would it be?

There are people that come into your life, sometimes very briefly, who just seem to have the words to say that are exactly what you need to hear at that time of your life.

It’s a knack these people have. They are generally great listeners. They don’t say much, but what they do say is worth listening to. 

I think they are generally very empathetic people, they keep an eye open where they can help out quietly, without making a song and dance about it. 

Years a ago, I met a bloke briefly at a restaurant where I was the piano man. At the end of the evening, he waved me over to his table and we had a great conversation. 

I think he could tell I was driven, passionate and finding my way as a young fella. 

At the concierge, he left me a list of books he’d read and enjoyed, with some comments. But that evening, he looked me straight in the eye and said ” If there was one thing in the world you could wish for, what would it be?”

I went back to my hotel room and wrote this song, based on his words. 

Looking back, I think he was giving me a gentle nudge to keep me on track, to support me as I followed my dream of being a songwriter and performer. 

I’m still on that path today. 

Today was a great day, peaceful, and beautiful by the water. I painted a picture of the pier at Mornington – you can see it on this week’s post my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com -lots of art and music on this blog – and you can find the lyrics to ‘I Wish’ at the end of the blog post. Each week I put the lyrics to the podcast song of the week on my blog post.

So if you like reading along, maybe open up the blog before you start listening and read along once I start singing. You could also follow my blog! Or sign up to my email list – I’d love that – write to me at info@petepascoe.com

What would I wish for? Tune in and find out….enjoy!