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Girl Called Insomnia



Episode #45: Girl Called Insomnia   (Song at 7.45)

Hi there and welcome to another episode. This week I’ve done something different: I’ve found an episode I recorded quite early on in proceedings, which I forgot about.

It was fascinating for me to listen back to an ‘old’ episode – there’s been much that I’ve changed, interns of presentation, energy, etc.

But the thing is, the idea, the premise of providing entertainment, song analysis and funny stories was there at the start – and those key elements are still the focus as we are up to the mid 40 episodes published now.

It would’ve been a shame had I not published this episode. There’s a lot of information here…

When songwriting being determined is so important. Sticking with it, learning as you go along, asking questions to find your path. There’ll be false starts…

I think you can apply this to pretty much anything in life. On this episode I talk about brief jobs I had (in a pet shop & a piano shop). I can certainly apply this concept to my ‘evolution’ as I’ve gone along, recording these episodes.

I also talk about arranging a song, multi tracking, making intuitive decisions as questions come up. The main thing is: is it good for the song? If so, it’s in. If not, it’s ‘outta there’!

The important thing is songwriting is a mysterious process. I won’t tell you how to write a song – but I’ll tell you how I write a song.

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode as much as I did, listening back today. It features song #17, from 1987!

By the way, I relate the time I auditioned for my 2nd (ever) piano man gig with Funeral For A Friend some years ago. Here I am on this video, playing it all these years down the track..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WXhcZa2tgs

Thanks for tuning in. Catch you next week.

 


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.
Please sign if up, follow me here and you won’t miss out on a single episode. Here we go….


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!


Favourite Time



Episode #41: Favourite Time  (Song at 7:50)

Hi there. Welcome to the last podcast episode for 2020.

This time, I’m not only talking about the song Favourite Time ( the 4th song I wrote ), but I’m also focussing on one of my favourite times in my life: whenever I find myself in the act of writing a song. 

It’s like this: It sneaks up on me. One moment I’m just playing on the keys, the next I find something’s come through my finger tips that something… that sounds like a song. It sounds…different somehow. Even though there’s only 7 notes in a scale and only so many chords, the possibilities seem endless. 

As I was recording this episode, sitting at the piano, this is exactly what happened. Over the course of the 30 minutes, the song I started composing keeps playing in my mind. So I pick it up intermittently – in between talking about the song Favourite Time – and eventually I take you through the moments where the chorus and the bridge come… 

It seems a completely fascinating process to me. How can it be that each time it happens it’s a surprise, like somewhere I’ve never been before, when I’ve actually composed about 800 songs, now? 

I think the answer is: it’s the whole ‘feeling like a child’ each time…. The feeling of excitement and mystery is how it feels. 

On that note, we have 2 new kittens. I nearly stepped on them as I walked out the door. Their eyes followed me and I saw their eyes open as they took in the bright colours of the trees and the sky as they watched me through the glass in the door as I walked to my studio to finish work on this episode. Aren’t kittens great – full fun and curiosity – now there’s 2 key words to keep in mind if you’re song writing: have fun, keep an open mind.

Speaking of new beginnings, 2021 is nearly upon us. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for tuning in this year. It’s certainly been a year of upheaval, a tragic year. In amongst all of this, I hope you managed some times of joy. I have, it’s mainly come about with my being so committed to my art and music ( new album out this week! The Roughest Cut, with the band – very excited. Streaming now!!!). You get so lost in the moment, you forget about everything else that’s  going on. 

The other times have been mainly due to my being lucky enough to have family and close friends to help me through and share some laughs with. I hope you’ve managed some of the same. 

All the best for 2021….. See you then.  I hope you enjoy this highly creative episode. 

Oh yeah, the song ? An early relationship was the inspiration…..have a listen and find out more. Welcome, again ….step into the shoes of a composer… Here we go. 


Missed Me



Episode #38:  Missed Me   ( Song at 5:21)

Wow! Episode #38 of my ‘song writer speaks’ series. I can’t believe there’s been that many already. It all seems so new and exciting each week when I hit the record button.

I’ve had fun today, been out to the beach a couple of times today… (might’ve had a birthday, so I allowed myself sometime out – just a bit). While I was at the beach I painted a picture of the scene. This evening I made a video of ‘step by step’ cartoon pig on a bike (part 2) for YouTube. I’ve written a blog post and started adding photos, etc. Now it’s 1am and I’m listening back to the episode I’ve just recorded as I’m writing this.

I mention all of that because when you’re busy like I am , you’ve just got to grab the moments you have to create. 

That’s where this song came from. Song number 5, out of about 700 songs now… next page….

If I hadn’t recorded a demo of those early efforts, I may never have carried on writing and recording my songs. I’m so pleased I have. 

In this episode, as usual, I talk about where this song came from. I look at the song from a musical view point, the lyrics, etc. In this case it’s an early effort, so looking back I can see my lyric writing style has developed.

This song is about the perspective that can be gained you get some time to yourself.

Be entertained & informed as you join me on a journey of discussion and discovery looking at the song ‘Missed Me’. 

Recorded by myself, Paul Dredge and Earl Pollard (R.I.P), Missed Me finally got recorded (in one take) in a studio in Melbourne quite a number of years later. 

In this episode I also talk about how I got to the point where I started writing lyrics, then got my piano playing up to the point where my hands would just natural flow from one chord to the next confidently, in a musically confident way…and a song took shape.

It’s fun playing the piano in between my talking. I sing and play parts of the song to draw attention to certain aspects of songwriting.

So, ever wondered where a song comes from? It’s really just a bunch of simple steps. Along the way, intuitive decisions are made as it’s moulded into a form. That’s the complicated part, when you analyse the process. But it’s so much fun at the time because it’s all done with a sense of play and exploration – much like podcast episodes!    

Sit back and enjoy.

You can stream my music on your favourite streaming service. Or you can find a dozen albums at :

petepascoe.bandcamp.com …

And 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 (magazine style: art & music ) can be found here petepascoe.wordpress.com

And my new YouTube channel (new since March 2020) has 60 odd music and art videos on it now.


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. 


Pot of Gold



Episode #35: Pot of Gold   (Song at 5:38)

Here’s a slice of life, another 30 minute ‘yarn with a songwriter’. 

Once again this week, I’m delivering a song, and lots of chat. In a relaxed manner, as if you’re in a intimate audience and I’m the piano man introducing a song. 

I take it a step further on these episodes, analysing the lyrics, talking about where the song came from, looking at musical aspects…

What makes a song special. 

Pot of Gold is really about some of the big aspects of life. …death for instance! I manage to get these heavier concepts across with a deliberate choice of a gentle ballad, with a swung rhythm. 

The vocal is gentle, yet forthright. There’s a bit of dark humour in there (which never hurts, in my opinion) and above all else, it’s an honest delivery. 

That’s what makes this demo stand out to me. All the boxes are ticked. The song rings true. 

It has already appeared on my album ‘Don’t Miss the Bus’ – which is a collection of my songs, in a piano / vocal style – very stripped back arrangement style.

I would like to a range this song with other instruments. But it’s got a nice feeling, just the way it is. 

So, ready for a half yarn with a songwriter? Sit back and have a listen, I’ll tell you a bit about my week, random thoughts that pop into my head. , plus there song writing tips. ..on that note, I’m not going to tell you how to write a song, but I am going to tell you how I write a song. 

I hope you enjoy today’s episode. 


(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.