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Everyone Falls



Episode #22:  Everyone Falls – (Song at 1:40)

This podcast is a bit like a songwriter speaks type of gig. I’ll talk about an old demo, well look at it from a songwriting point view. Plus – and perhaps more so – I’m talking about episodes from my past – you’ll get a slice of the life of a songwriter. 

Recording these episodes, I fly by the seat of my pants. It’s a casual presentation each week. I talk honestly about my work.

I also talk the featured song of the week –  what I was feeling at the time wrote it. I talk  about the lyrics & the music. 

Everyone Falls is this week’s song. It’s from an old album called the Patient Hum – this is the 21st year (!) since I released 100 CDs of it (yep, back in the day).  I have recently re-recorded the vocals. I’ve nearly finished remixing this album. It’ll be online soon..

When I composed this, in 1998, I was 2 years into a ‘new start’ in Melbourne, after leaving New Zealand. 

I went back to NZ for a music tour that didn’t happen. So I decided to record instead. In one afternoon we recorded 14 songs. This was one of them. I released the album as I said, and at the time I also released my Eridanus /River Music album.

It turns out (in my opinion) the song Everyone Falls also reads well as a piece of poetry. On the spur of the moment, I give it a reading …this was a surprise. I think it goes well. 

The lyrics came about reflecting on the fact that I’d gone from playing the lead role of JC Superstar, and playing with the band in a rock festival to suddenly singing covers in a Holiday Inn and starting all over again. 

You gotta have humility, a thick skin, a good sense of humour and a mountain of determination to do this ‘artist’ thing…

So this song could be about the ups and downs (and resurrecting ) an existing  path, it could be about something that urges us on, rescues us, the natural essence.. call it what you will. 

I hope you enjoy this song and I hope you enjoy the chat. 

Thanks for tuning in. 


Don’t You Ever Give In



Episode #21: Don’t You Ever Give In – (Song at 12:03 & 28:51)

If you streamed this episode, what would you hear about? Well…

Hi, my name’s Pete Pascoe, I’m a songwriter with a lot of songs. Each week I talk about a song I’ve written & what I was thinking when I wrote the song. I relate anecdotes from around time as well & include observations about life in general – all delivered in a laid back manner with a dose of humour. 

So this week, song number 368, ‘Don’t You Ever Give In’ … the title says it all: it’s been a challenging time..but I won’t give in. 

So this song came from 1996 which was the year before I left New Zealand and I headed off to Melbourne to start all over again, 

With all the ups and downs that happened in the years that followed, this song was a bit of a touchstone for me just to keep going – and I still am. I’m pretty determined. 

In between talking about the song, I’ll take you on an audition I undertook once trying out for the role of JC in J C Superstar…

This was also the year I wrote and recorded my first piano music album, River Music. And the band played a huge outdoor rock concert ….

It was big year, looking  back. It’s been an interesting ride. 

Come along with me on a journey back in time and hear some tales, we’ll look at the song lyrics, and there’s two versions of the song to boot!

I’m also sharing lots of art and music each week. I’m a cartoonist and a seascape painter along with making the music if you’d like to see some of this check out my blog. Petepascoecom.wordpress.com 

Enjoy. 


How You Mend A Broken Heart



Episode #14: How You Mend A Broken Heart – (Song at 15:55)

Welcome back! If you’ve come back again this week, if you’re new here, welcome along!

Be entertained, informed and you get a song to listen to part way through – another demo this week.

Written in 2000, It was a time in my life when things were fairly settled.

My song writing perhaps wasn’t in a golden sort of patch, but you keep going (I’m passionate) and songs like this one seem to come along.

You get the background of what I was up to at the time… I used to wander down to pier to fish, to give my mind some space and get some energy, to work on my creative work: filling the well.

Equally importantly, I’ve worked really hard over the years, making a living from the arts.

There are some anecdotes about my life, my neighbours, etc. a real slice of life, and this is what this podcast is all about – you get to step into my shoes for a while.

I was a Pianoman back then – there’s an art to it. I describe how it feels to play background music. It was a busy fun time, balancing it with developing my art.

I was flat out – and when you’re busy, you’ve got to look after yourself – and you’ve got to keep an eye on your relationships.

This song is about.. healing, coming out the otherside a relationship ending…you can bounce back and on reflection you can see that the experience has lead to a deeper understanding of yourself.

All presented in an old laid back jazzy sort of ballad.

It takes determination to write songs, get them recorded, etc.

If you’d like to read the lyrics as I sing, you can find them here, on my blog (along with paintings, cartoons, more music and writing) www.petepascoe.wordpress.com    

Thanks for tuning in, Enjoy!