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Life Is



Episode #88:   Life Is   (Song starts at 4:27)

Welcome to another episode. It’s great that this podcast is being listened to and enjoyed by listeners around the world. I’m very grateful to you all for tuning in each week. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. 

I guess that’s the power of music, the intrigue… The interest in ‘where the heck does a song come from? 

This week again, we set out to come up with some more ideas about that.  

It’s certainly a journey of rediscovery for me as I look back on these songs. Interestingly, I seldom forget a melody, or the feel of a song that I’ve written ( and there are 800 + ). 

The subject of this week’s song, ‘Life is’, certainly could have been a slow ballad. I opted for a medium tempo piano version of a guitar ‘finger picking’ style of delivery. I’m pleased I did.

Part of keeping the creative flow happening is having a laugh. As the years go by, I’m surer than ever that’s true. Songwriter can tend to be introspective serious loners, at times.. 

Me, I like to think I’m gregarious. I love having a good laugh. Obviously, it lifts your spirits – and so can music and words. 

I hope you enjoy this episode. I did. It’s so much fun, just ‘winging it’. There’s no script. I like to let the music and words, memories and observations that pop up ‘in the moment’ lead the way: 

I describe how it feels to walk up a river fishing, imagining what it’s like down in the depths.. 

I also recount some happy memories I have, as a youngster, spending some time with my grandparents. This is because I see in my songbook I’ve dedicated this song to my grandparents.

The song finishes with the lines:

‘Life is short, life is long, play your life like a happy song’ – and I am. Welcome to another slice of the life of a songwriter,  as I share my thoughts with you.. 

Here we go.. Enjoy!


The Drum



Episode #87: The Drum  (Song starts 5.14)

Where did this song come from? The first line is: ‘The rocking train challenges my pen to stay upon the page’. 

Yep, I was on the train when I wrote these lyrics.  It feels great to be a songwriter, to close my eyes and just write whatever pops into my mind. I don’t question it, I’ll just write something, knowing (and it definitely is a ‘knowing) that something will ‘answer’ me.

It’s exactly like this. It feels like a sense of ‘give and take’, as you float ideas freely.  A sense of play and some positive energy goes a long way. ..

Before we get to the train, I take you for the walk I follow when I catch the bus and train to get to a piano teaching job I have – when it’s happening. 

We’re opening up again here in Melbourne, after 86 weeks of extended lockdowns. Starting again from next week, I’ll be back on the train twice a week – and most likely, I’ll be sitting there with a pen and paper. I’ll be miles away, somewhere in my mind. 

Being a songwriter is a fine thing, for a number of reasons. One great thing is: all I need is a pen and paper and I’m away. You don’t need much gear. It’s such a pleasure. 

I had a band practice before I recorded this episode. Performing music is also a great thing. So is recording music, both of which I enjoy doing.

On that note, If you’d like to hear more of some of the music I’ve recorded, I have albums streaming on most platforms –  solo and with others. ( www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com has 13 albums).

As a songwriter, it’s like you’re always just a breath away from a new idea – and one new idea is all it takes to get a new song really underway. The song seems to take on its own energy, and you just kind of try to get out of the road of your pen. Or you let your fingers just wander on the keys of the piano. It really is the best feeling. 

Ok, join me today, as we look at ‘The Drum’. This song explores the idea of us all be interconnected – a timely theme, as we reconnect after the Covid lockdowns.

If you’re new here, welcome. I hope you enjoy today’s episode. If you do – and want to hear more – there’s another 86 Episodes waiting for you. And there’ll be another episode next week. 

Here we go… The Drum…..Rollin’ !


The Best Story



Episode #86: The Best Story      (Song starts at 4:38)

Hi there. Join me this week, as I go back in time again, to a wooden table and chairs at the local park. This is where I wrote the lyrics for this week’s featured song. 

I break a few songwriting rules with this song. Originally, there was no structure to the sentences – not one rhyme either. It could’ve remained a poem (I include a reading of the lyrics as a poem on this episode), but something enticed me – against all odds, really – to turn these words into lyrics and marry them to a melody.

As is most often the case, I’m glad I did. 

Every now and then, you’ll notice, as we look at the lyrics, that I look up and take in my surroundings. Being out in nature is good for the soul. I enjoy writing outdoors occasionally. 

On this episode, I talk about ‘writing on the breath’ – it’s something I think I do naturally, to tell the truth. It’s just one facet of this whole songwriting process that I’d never considered, before I started recording these podcast episodes. 

I’m so pleased I did. This podcast has become more than just a collection of songwriting ideas and tips. I always knew it would. But it’s surprised me, the amount of information, and sense of excitement that awaits me each week.

This week is no exception. Come and see where the ‘afternoon clouds, drifting like a watercolour’ take us. 

A few dogs and birds (from the park) get a mention – and the gum trees – they’re so beautiful here in Melbourne, Australia where I reside. It was good to be out and about – and I’m glad I wrote some lyrics when I was at the park, in Sandringham, about 7 years ago.

The Mornington Peninsula is where I continue to write my story, these days. This podcast is becoming part of it. So, in a sense, you’re part of my story too, because that’s the nature of storytelling: you (hopefully) engage the listeners emotions, something rings true. So you listen closer to see what going to be said next.

Each week we (all) have to wait to find out where the story is going to take us, as each episode is completely unscripted. I have fun using this process of exploration, following the feelings and images that come to mind as I l talk about  the featured song of the week.

Ok, I hope now you’re ready to dive in and have listen to this episode. If it’s your first time here, a very warm welcome to you – and you are welcome here. This is not some exclusive group. I firmly believe the arts should be an inclusive domain. 

So I talk in a relaxed manner, not dwelling overly on the theory, the ‘nuts and bolts’. I do get these concepts across, but I manage to convey the information in a manner that does not alienate a listener that is not into music theory. These ‘technical’ moments come and go. A healthy dose of humour helps.

These episodes are more a celebration of songwriting, of life (I guess my version of life), really. It’s part of my story. It’s the artist’s way: to observe, reflect, then create and share. 

Ok, join me now. Here we go….”Rollin’…welcome to another episode of Song and A Chat …”    Enjoy! 


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.


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

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