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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! 


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.


Game Plan



Episode #30: Game Plan – (Song at 2.58)

We all have Rough days. The cat in the first line of the song in this episode was having a rough day…a cat left out in the rain can look so abandoned and bereft. 

When I wrote these lyrics, that was exactly how I felt. What I thought was starting to look like a very promising romantic relationship suddenly took a sudden turn for the worse, from my point of view…. Lost and lonely alright… Oh well, at least these sorts of feelings can be the reason a song like this one can come to be. 

On this episode, I interview the fellow that wrote the music to this one, Mr Paul Dredge, from New Zealand. Paul talks about how he came up with the music, the process, etc. So on this episode you get to hear about it from another songwriter. 

There’s also a couple of funny yarns in there…

It’s a joy to write lyrics and music. It’s also a joy when you find someone you can trust – someone you get on well with, musically, to do the job together. 

This is one of many songs Paul and I have co-written. 

I hope you enjoy this episode. And If you’re having a rough kind of day, like that cat in the rain, maybe this will cheer you up. 

There’s lots of songwriting tips here, again, if that’s what you’re tuning in for. If you’re back because you just like hearing someone having a chat., with a song thrown in as well, you’ve come to the right place. So, Welcome / Welcome back …here we go…

Enjoy.


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.


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. 


Photograph



Episode #20: Photograph – (Song at 5:40)

Welcome back to to another episode of Song and a Chat.

This week’s song talks about the idea of how a photograph – or a single memory can then bring into your mind a bunch of memories from the same time, and then you discover you’ve actually remembered much more from that particular time than you thought you had.

Music has a way of bringing back memories, doesn’t it.

The song Photograph also explores how we ’cast a line’ into our possible future.

..and that gives me a nice segue into letting you know in this episode I talk about a fly fishing afternoon I shared with a couple of friends. In the high country in New Zealand. So this podcast is turning out to be part ‘travel magazine’ too!

Recording these podcast episodes is taking me into some unexpected and often surprising (to me) concepts and avenues. It’s really great fun.

Photograph is also about those few special teachers that come into your life for just the right amount of time to show you something and set you on a course where you’re going to see it through.

As I chat, I sit at my piano and talk about the song from a musical/songwriting angle and also analyse the lyrics. It’s all done in a laid-back ‘light’, inclusive manner …

I’ve said it before ; I’m not going to tell you how to write a song, but I am going to tell you how I write a song.

Ok Curious? Want to hear more? I hope so ! Grab a cup, put your feet up and be entertained.

Thanks for tuning in.

By the way, each week, you can find the song lyrics on my blog post of the week – in amongst all the art and other music …I paint seascapes and draw cartoons – that’s what I’ve been up to today, as well as writing a blog, making videos and recording this episode.

www.petepascoe.wordpress.com is my blog.                       Website:  www.petepascoe.com  

Also, if you are enjoying my podcast, please do spread the word…  this is only my 20th episode – I’m brand new to this and I’m loving it. There’s plenty more to come!


A Moment In Time



Episode #19: A Moment In Time – (Song at 7:10)

Hi, Welcome to another Song and a Chat episode. 

Before we shut down with Covid 19, I used to commute on the train. I can’t say I miss the commute, but I did make the most of the time on the train. Sometimes I wrote lyrics. The words to this song were written on the train. 

Of course it wasn’t always as productive on my commutes. I used to ride my bike part the way. I won’t give it away, but often on a commute, weather plays a part in proceedings. And it helps if you actually stay on your bike as you’re pedalling.

What’s this all about, I hear you say. Isn’t this a podcast about a song. Well, it is, 

The song, song # 679, is a reflection on our perception of time. Sometimes a length of time can seem to go by in a blink of an eye. I touch on our disconnection, but as I tend to do, there’s and uplifting optimistic angle where I suggest we might make the world a better place…

I talk about the song writing – there’s some song writing tips here again. 

I actually drum on this song! This is a first – Pete Pascoe playing drums publicly. 

I learned to play the drums a little the same year I recorded this. During assembly, I used to jump on the drums in the music room at the Primary School where I teach piano. I’d put the headphones on and have a lash. ” right, it’s basically what to whack when” … Ha. I know it’s a lot more than that, but it gave me some pleasure and I learned enough to be able to sketch out my ideas musically. Like this demo. 

Sometimes words sit around for a while and then one day they just seem to leap out at you and you put them to music. 

I hope you enjoy this week’s chat – and here’s some more new music for you. 

Looking forward to recording this one properly one day…maybe this demo is the start… Since we record digitally, often a demo can become the actual recording. We’ll see.  Enjoy. 


God’s Wish



Episode #17: God’s Wish – (Song at 11:32 & 29:40)

In this episode,  I recount a couple of slices of my life back when I first came to Australia to live – including an exchange during evening in a bar, outdoors in St Kilda, Melbourne. Right then I discovered I was in a big city – a big change for someone who from New Zealand.

I also talk about what I’ve been up to during the week I record the podcast episode. 

This week,  I’ll take you on a walk in a coastal national park, you’ll join the band in a recording session and you’ll get some insight into the lyrics – and song arranging in general. 

Song #435 was inspired by a fellow I met on a tram. Melbourne is renown for its trams. It’s a very relaxing way to travel. I found I could read and write on the tram, much like I can on trains. I expect it’s because you’re on ‘ train tracks’ and I don’t get car sick there…

Woah, I’ve got off subject here. Actually this would serve to give you an idea of how I roll when I record a podcast episode. A theme develops, but I keep it free and go with ideas that pop into my mind – it’s relaxed style of delivery…it’s (hopefully) humorous, entertaining and informative

By the way,  if you’d like to read the lyrics at the point of the episode, you can find them. On this week’s blog post.    www.petepascoe.wordpress…./ 

If I’ve piqued your curiosity, great.  Join me on a 30 minute trip into another world-some past, some present, all of it being the world of a songwriter. Enjoy ‘Gods Wish’.


Balcony



Episode #16: Balcony – (Song at 4:03)

A demo from my past – Feb 1994, written in Hamilton NZ, you’ll hear some anecdotes from my time there. As I describe these experiences, you’ll get an insight  into places I’ve been and people I’ve met and you’ll also see how they find their way into song lyrics and music.

I also talk about the song in terms of what it means to me today.

If you like the idea of stepping into the shoes of a songwriter for half an hour, you’re in the right place.

These episodes are all an evolving work in progress. I’ve decided I’m going to go back and collect all the song writing tips and examples and publish them in a concise form at some point in the future.

So it’s a case of art inspiring more art. Or speaking or writing or…story telling.

Balcony is song number 322 in my song book I wrote it as I sat on the balcony – it was an early autumn evening, the bright sun was descending behind the neighbours trees and I really felt like I was flying through space in time as the words came to me through the ether ..or where ever they come from.

These podcast episodes are proving to be enlightening to me as I reflect on the songwriting process – I’m collecting tips on songwriting and sharing them in the same moment of discovery.

Tune in and enjoy the chat – personal (almost confessions) and broader observations on life. Grab a cuppa or close your eyes if you’re on a train, do not close your eyes if you are driving. 

Enjoy 30 mins of a slice of life. Well, several slices – a healthy serving again this week.

Somewhat bizarrely, wolves make a (humorous) appearance twice in the episode. I bet you weren’t expecting that! Neither was I…

Thanks for tuning in.