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Explain The Night



Episode #43: Explain the Night   (Song at 4:40sec)

Welcome along to another episode… Mr Piano Man here. I’m sitting at the piano (well it’s hardly likely to be as sewing machine for a musical presentation) chatting as if to an intimate audience.

This week we’re looking at a song called Explain The Night. I tell you exactly what inspired this song, I take you through the process, where the words come from, etc. I look at: each sentence, how it flowed on to the next; how the music came to be; how the choice of chords, accompaniments unfolded & how that compliments the words, the melody.
This aurally so complicated, it would be easy to fall into a monotone sort of bore of a teacher (ala the teacher from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when he’s struggling to get any response from his students,,” anyone? Anyone?” )…but I like to think my delivery is far from that.
In a laid back, inclusive and humorous manner, I’ll quickly lead you through the different concepts and there are constant complete departures from the subject, to break it up.
For example: completely spontaneously, I begin proceedings by talking on the topic of snorkelling. Have you ever been snorkelling? It’s another world under water. All the unknown and the fear is taken away by being able to see underwater with a face mask…
That’s precisely my intention in these episodes…if you’re a budding songwriter I endeavour to take away the Unknown, make things just a little clearer, taking way the fear factor, because if I can encourage just one more person to write a song (or if you’re not a songwriter – interested listener – if I can help you to appreciate listening to (new) music then my job is done….

But what I won’t – and can’t – do is take away the mystery. I can’t Explain The Night, but I will explain some bits and pieces along the way as I ask the question.
Bob the musketeer makes a random sudden appearance in the ‘audience’ this week – now there’s another surprise ( the ‘audience’ pops into my mind, from time to time, as I imagine myself addressing a group of people from a stage). Doing this helps me get into performance/entertainer mode for ‘winging’ and recording each episode. Sure this character is a weird ‘thing’, but it was funny – and it helps to keep the channel open, I believe: humour defuses tension ( obviously), rejuvenates flagging energy levels… I view this character as just another example of my being helped to keep the creativity flowing.

Dive in with me now, I’ll hold your hand. Let me lead the way for an entertaining informative 30 minutes…
and if you enjoy today, there’s plenty more where this came from.,. 40 odd episodes await.
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Still The Same (Lucky Man)



Episode #42: Still the Same (Lucky Man)  (Song at 4:22sec)

Hi Folks, welcome to episode #42. The song kicks in at the 4mins-22seconds mark – but first…today I’ll take you down to a Summer Music Festival in Mornington (Vic, Australia). I was hired to perform on the street. The first song I played, I made up on the spot, especially for a dachshund who was sitting nearby….as you do.

Still The Same (Lucky Man) was written in late Dec, 2017 – a time of year when we often reflect on the things that were (during the year) and what might be  next year). 

I wrote this song for my wife. I talk about things like where the song came from: in the opening lyrics you go from ‘walking at sunset’ and the next line it’s a close up of the ‘light in her eye’. All you need is a start.

As a songwriter, you’re like a director, imagining a movie. When you’re in this creative state and its all unfolding naturally. It’s really like you’re being you’re own secretary, trying to keep up with the action, one line leads quickly to the next and then another entirely different (but still related) scene unfolds.

It’s an endlessly fascinating business analysing the process. I’m having fun as I play the piano here and there, to demonstrate what I’m talking about. 

..and there is plenty of fun along the way. This week I relate a yarn about me dressing up rather scarily at Halloween to drop one off my kids at some new friends of ours house.

This is a love song –  but it’s more of a reflective ‘mature’ type of song rather than ‘oh baby I love you’ type of ‘early days declaration of love’ type of song.

Often it’s only as a song unfolds that you find out truly what it’s about…and then when you have a dig, there’s often more layers.

So join in now, pull up chair and have a listen to a songwriter speaking –  and having fun. Enjoy!


Heart In The Distance (Face To Face)



Episode #39: Heart In The Distance (Face To Face) – (Song at 5:35)

Thanks for tuning in for a listen. If this is your first time here, sit back, relax & be entertained. I enjoy having a yarn, letting the words and music take me where they will.

This song is about the idea – the feeling – that sometimes when you’re a long way away from someone you know well, sometimes it feels like they’re right beside you. 

I had this feeling when I was in NZ, camping away from my now wife, who was back in Melbourne. I’d gone over to New Zealand for a music tour and tacked on a fishing trip. 

I remember clear as day the feeling when I woke up in the sand, where I’d fallen asleep when I was fishing…. The moment is etched in my mind.

I’ll take you on that fishing trip with me up to Spirits bay in New Zealand. It’s beautiful remote beach. Really inspired.  I couple of stories about the magnificent nature that can be found up there…

A song can be an emotional book marker in time. Heart in the distance, Song # 451, was written in 1999. As soon as the demo starts, I’m back there. 

I talk about imagination – where the song fragments first appear. It’s a process that never ceases to amaze me. The words I sing when I start writing a song lead me to what the song is about (often I have no idea what the song is about until I’m a fair way through it).

This song has become a real ‘marker’ of a very happy part of my life, I was thinking about my future in that moment on the sand. All kinds of thoughts flowed in, with a rush, as I came back into my skin on the beach. The ocean somehow cleanses our minds. I love being at the beach.

Lots of songwriting tips here again this episode, I talk in an inclusive language, in easy to understand concepts that is appealing to both those versed in musical theory and equally with those that haven’t got the foggiest about this. 

Anyway, you’ll get a slice of life again, lots of life observations and asides. 

All here for your listening pleasure. 

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode.


Serene Room



Episode #37: Serene Room (Song at 6:37)

Hi there, welcome to another episode. This week, once again, I look at a song I’ve written…

This song is about the lounge in my house. As the title states, it’s got a serene sort of vibe. 

As I look into the lyrics, we discover the words have had the effect of taking me back in time to when I was a child. Then the view out the window gets me out of my skin…and my thoughts take me to the beach… (You can see the ocean in the distance from my window).

Earlier today I was painting at the beach and I might just have got a bit wetter than I was planning.. I talk about that wee adventure – and another story about someone else involving a wave.

From a songwriting point view, each week I draw attention to aspects of songwriting. If you’re not overly into that, don’t worry, I don’t waffle on for long periods about theory. Yes, I talk about it, but I talk in layman a terms, in an entertaining manner. 

I enjoy taking as I sit at my piano. My fingers play some keys absentmindedly at times, almost like a soundtrack. I also use the piano to demonstrate the musical songwriting processes that go on, most often intuitively.

It’s a complex business, but I do my best to make it simple as I explain my thought process…what inspired the song, how it evolved..

Sit back, grab a cuppa and I’ll tell you about my lounge, some songwriting and a couple of stories about waves at the beach.

You’ll get to step in to the shoes of a songwriter. Ever wondered how it feels to write a song? Now’s your chance to find out…

Enjoy. 

Incidentally, if you’d like to hear more of my music you can stream my music on your favourite streaming service.. Or you can find a dozen albums at :

petepascoe.bandcamp.com 

See my art at www.petepascoe.com

You can sign up to my email list to hear about new albums, exhibitions, etc..

My weekly blog can be found here petepascoe.wordpress.com

And my new YouTube channel Pete Pascoe Art and Music ( new since March 2020 has 60 odd videos on it now. 


(There Will Always Be) Another Day



Episode #34: (There’ll Always Be) Another Day – (Song at 9:10)

Hi there, welcome! How would you like to sit back and have a listen to a songwriter speak? Now’s your opportunity. I’m sitting at my piano – which I noodle away on – sometimes a little absently, as I speak. I also use the piano to demonstrate aspects of what I’m talking about. 

And what I’m talking about this week Is song #584: Another day.. Where did it come from? Neil the lead guitarist in our band suggested it: “Pete, there’s so many songs about winning… What about one about …losing.  I think it’d be a winner!” Ha. He’s got a dry sense of humour, has Neil. 

I also talk about the idea of participation being the important thing. Success is.. what it is.. along the way.  

I like to turn things around to the positive, best I can, so I couldn’t help myself: I gave it an uplifting twist at the end. Perhaps I failed at writing a song about failure! 

The demo itself has a good feeling about it. The band have had a dabble with this song here. It hasn’t made it on an album yet, but I think it will not far away.

It’s been another episode of exploration, opening up… As an artist, you can come across as sounding a bit .. Vulnerable. And I think that’s important. You’re honest about your feelings, you’re inviting the listener in. 

Which is precisely what I’m doing here. Tune in now, hear some new music… ( I’m loving sharing my music this way and talking about it ).

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode… And if you do, there’s another 30 odd episodes here..that means 30 odd new songs.. Please leave a favourable comment / tell your friends / share this far and wide –  thank you in advance!

Enjoy. 

By the way, If you’d like to find out more about my art and music, there’s quite a bit online, including: 

www.petepascoe.com website 

Blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com ( creations in music and art) – not a bad place to start-  it’s a weekly blog (which you can sign up to). You’ll hear about a new music, videos, recordings, a how to draw a Cartoon video, a Seascape painting ( I paint one each week) … Plus lots more….


Time Won’t Wait



Episode #33: Time Won’t Wait  – (Song at 7:55sec)

Where does a song come from, where does it start, how does it build? These are some of things I talk about and demonstrate, as I chat and play my piano each week.

Music plays such a big role in our life. I remember hearing John Lennon’s Imagine for the first time, on the radio. What a recording (what song, of course).. but there was something about the actual recording. Very cool.

So I enjoy songs and recordings that have a certain feeling. Because songs have the power to take you back in time in the blink of an eye. 

It can reawaken old memories you forgotten you had. 

I talk about some things in my past, including a plum fight we had once… In fact the plums were from the tree I used to sit in that I mentioned last week…

Anyway, back to the song, Time Won’t Wait is song #582.  It reflects on the passing of time, the slowly changing dream that unfolds and becomes our life. It also touches on the fact that being a human is a complicated business….

In these episodes, I do look to entertain, and inform…there’s songwriting tips..it’s all delivered in a relaxed, informal manner. 

I hope you enjoy this episode. I play the piano and sing a bit again on this episode, again, to demonstrate aspects of this song.

Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and have a listen, I’ll take you on a trip back in time and inside a song. 

If you’d like to find out more about my art and music, there’s quite a bit online. 

www.petepascoe.com website 

Blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com ( creations in music and art) – not a bad place to start it’s a weekly blog which you can sign up to. You’ll hear about a new music, videos, recordings, a how to draw a cartoon video, a seascape painting ( I paint one each week) … Plus lots more.

If this sounds like you, there’s plenty on my YouTube channel Pete Pascoe Art and Music.

Social media Facebook, Instagram, etc

And a dozen albums on bandcamp ( Pete Pascoe and co) ….www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com

I love feedback. Please don’t hesitate to flick me an email…and If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please do leave a positive review, etc. that would help me so much ..thank you in advance 

 


Madman’s Preoccupation



Episode #32: Madman’s Preoccupation – (Song at 7:48sec)

Welcome to another episode. 

Hi there, my name is Pete, I’m a songwriter. I’m enjoying introducing a song I’ve written each week. I also talk about where the song came from, the lyrics, the music. 

So you might like to tune in to pick up some song writing tips. Or you might like to just hear a songwriter speak about a song his life, observations. Information and entertainment – that’s what I’m offering.  

It’s as if I’m on a stage, talking in between songs.  Only here on this podcast, I have the license to get carried away, and go where my thoughts take me as I talk. 

This is all ‘ad libbed’. I don’t use notes – mad, right? 

Yep., it’s a Madman’s Preoccupation, alright, being a musician and artist… I picked this song (#683) out because right now, I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy …” You have to be mad to be doing this!”, I say to myself at times…

This song looks back on 3 different stages of life: being your, adolescence and being a parent. It talks about taking time out in nature, the all persuasive addictive power of the internet, the possibility that right now might be a golden age of freedom for the world, in amongst all the ups and downs…

Since we’ve been locked down here in Melbourne, I’ve been producing lots of positive creative content and posting it online, the timing has been great. There’s so much that’s grim on the Internet, I thought I’d do my bit, sharing some happy stuff. 

I’d actually committed to posting weekly content, the week we got locked down…. Since then it’s been ‘all go’ (as usual) In that time I’ve produced and posted  32 How to Draw Cartoon Animals , 30 odd Music videos (YouTube  – Pete Pascoe Art and Music), 32 Podcast episodes, 32 blogposts …www.petepascoe.wordpress.com …32 pairings on the blog, on my website…. www.petepascoe.com  Kind of mad, in a way? 

It’s been a busy, busy, life. An enjoyable life. Come along with me now and I’ll share some insights about song writing, in an inclusive, relaxed manner, with plenty of humour. Enjoy. 


End The Game



Episode #31: End The Game – (Song at 8:42sec)

Where did this song come from? What caused me to write these lyrics? 

Without giving too much away, sometimes the world can seem a bit too …intense.

The news can be a bit grim. …that’s what can cause artists to sit down and create something that hopefully lifts their spirits – and the great thing is, it has the potential to lift other people too. That’s the power of the arts. 

Today the weather report would had you believe a deluge was imminent. 

I ignored it, grabbed my fishing gear, painting gear and iPad to write my blog post. And …it was beautiful…

Does this seem off topic? Well, it’s in keeping with my style on this podcast. We get to where we need to, but there’s no rush. There’s plenty of humour, observations..

Each episode holds surprises for me as I delve in and explore about The song..

Join me this week, grab a cuppa. Gain an insight into songwriting.. And have a listen to a song as well. 

I mention an old house I lived in for a number of years…here’s a poem I wrote about it: Peaceful House

By the way, I do say in this episode that it’s November. I do know it’s October….. Sometimes being an artist, it’s like being on another planet…

Also here’s my blog ..www.petepascoe.wordpress.com . You can view the painting I painted this week. Plus there’s links to lots of other art ..including how to draw a Cartoon Poodle playing double bass, if you will..

It’s a varied life, being an artist and musician… I’m fully committed to this songwriting. 

There’s plenty more here.  Www.petepascoe.com 

As always, the the song start time is in the title.

Enjoy! 


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.