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My Picture



Episode #28: My Picture – (Song at 9:22)

Welcome to another episode. Time is whizzing by in lockdown, here in Melbourne, it’s been about 28 weeks (with a brief respite mid way). 

And it’s been about 24 years since I wrote the song ‘My Picture’. 

This song is about a breath you take as you go within and allow room for some self reflection. 

Speaking of stopping, the world used to stop for me whenever Elton John came on the radio. Elton John and Bernie Taupin were a huge influence on my music – and my life, as it turns out . 

I wrote a poem about the first time I wrote a song, here it is.  

The Christmas Present – Peace Pesto

Elton gets a mention in that poem. On this episode, as I’m talking about Elton, my hands wander on the keys of my piano and I start a song, unintentionally. 

I then analyse what I was up to, what I was thinking about, some of the theory, etc…. so that was a nice unexpected  detour. 

And that’s what this podcast is about …going with the moment. It makes it interesting, keeps it creative, keeps me in the flow. You get to hear about how it is to be a songwriter. 

Back to the song Page number 364 of you song books, Ladies and Gentlemen.I wrote it the year before I left NZ to come and live in Melbourne. Again, taking a breath before the next big adventure. 

And it’s been a brilliant adventure of many chapters, in the years since. 

Ok, want some music? You get that – a piano/ vocal demo. Want some chat? You’ve come to the right place..  Eg: There a was a fellow that came into the bar/restaurant where I was playing piano. This chap demanded Cold Chisel….anyhow…   Sit back, grab a cuppa and let me entertain and hopefully inform you..

More (related) music and art here ;

petepascoe.wordpress.com weekly blog

Pete Pascoe Art and Music Youtube channel  (link)

www.petepascoe.com


In The Scheme Of Things



Episode #27: In The Scheme Of Things – (Song at 7:35)

Welcome back again to another episode. I’m going to endeavour to give you an insight into how it feels to write a song, the sort of thoughts a songwriter has.

It was peaceful this morning, here in Melbourne –  just little light drizzle, no wind. I found I’d woken in quite reflective state of mind. This particular song came to me as I thought about my place in the scheme of things.

This time last year I was on the Pohangina river in the Manawatu in New Zealand ( beautiful language, isn’t it – the way Maori words roll off the tongue – I do my best).

I took a photo of a pool on the river that day – place that has so many memories for me. 

You can see the photo in my blog post this week. petepascoe.wordpress.com The lyrics are there too each week, by the way – in case you’re like me and you like to read along while the song is playing.

It’s a beautiful river, a very gentle paced flow. Not fast, not sluggish. Just right for a relaxed walk /wade

A bit later on, back in Melbourne, at the school where I teach piano, the first bit of melody came with a whistle as I walked between students.. I got the melody first. 

Then back in my piano room,  I flicked open my iPad, came across the photo of the river and the words just started to come to me. So I sat at the piano, played quietly stopping now and then to write down each line as it came in. It’s such a great feeling. It’s something I never take for granted. 

It’s great to have this platform to share the process. There’s something here for everyone..perhaps you’re a lyricist, maybe looking to pick up an idea or two, or a songwriter? Or  ‘just’ someone – it could be you-  curious to see what goes on.

You’ll get a heartfelt song into the bargain, plus some life observations and humour. Also I’ll take you with me back in time for a peaceful walk on the river..

If you like my music, there’s plenty more we this came from. You can stream it, view videos, I’m also a seascape painter and cartoonist.

www.petepascoe.com  website

Youtube Channel: Pete Pascoe Art and Music ( link this to):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHYCpWbGGaBQr8ukxASVnw

petepascoe.bandcamp.com 12 albums here.

Enjoy. 


Fair New Day



Episode #26: Fair New Day – (Song at 6:33)

It’s springtime here in Melbourne. Today was indeed a fair new day. 

Tune in again this week and catch another song. If it’s your first time here, welcome! You are now part of an intimate listening audience. Let me entertain and inform you. 

I want to give you an insight as to where this song came from, how it came into being. 

This one started to come through on the night of a big rock roll band gig, featuring yours truly on lead vocals. This particular day I’d woken up with an horrendously sore throat. I was about to head out to the gig, where I’d be basically screaming my head off, getting above drums and guitars… Lots of energy. 

So I thought I better have a very gentle vocal warm up on my piano before I left home for the gig. The warm up chords and gentle humming straight away sounded like a song… 

You’ll also hear about a rather annoying neighbours dog that woke me up very early one morning.. (not being a morning person, myself)…

I love writing lyrics. It amazes me how the words seem to come through if their own accord ‘on the ether’. The same with the music: the melodies, the chords, all the ideas.. It’s as much a mystery to me now as it was the day it first happened for me.

Join me on a journey of discovery as I delve into what it’s like to be a songwriter. I ‘wing it’ and have fun as I roll – while I enjoy sharing some of the nuances of songwriting and share some observations on life in general, I like to keep the tone lighthearted – we are here to be entertained.

Grab a cuppa, put your feet up. Like a yarn or three and some new music ? You’ve come to the right place. Enjoy.

(By the way, the time where the song kicks in is in the title each week).


Run Away (It’s Never Easy)



Episode #25: Run Away (It’s Never Easy) – (Song at 8:10 & 25:00)

Songs take you right back to what you were up to at the time when they came into your life, don’t they? 

When you write a song, a heartfelt song, it seems the effect increases tenfold. 

Particularly if you are writing from the heart. And that’s what I do…

Listening to today’s song Run Away (I.N.E.), song number #176, it took me right back in time to when I wrote it. 

It’s a song about a relationship….if you like lyrics, we dip into the words and see how they came together, what they’re about…

I introduce: ‘Mr piano man, Pete Pascoe’ …I touch on how it is to be a piano man & more than that…

You’ll get to step into the shoes of a song writer – literally, this time: I demonstrate how I start writing the beginning of a song, As I talk, my fingers rest on the keys and I bring the piano in and out of proceedings.

Also you’ll get to come on a fishing adventure in the waves at the beach in New Zealand..

Hopefully you’ll be entertained , you’ll feel informed.

And you’ll get two versions of the song today! 

Grab a cuppa, sit back and come on a trip into another world. 

The world of a songwriter. 

It’s my passion, it’s who I am. 

You can find more of my music and art here …plus the usual streaming services.

Www.petepascoe,com

Www.petepascoe.wordpress.com. Blog magazine style of art and music posts

Pete Pascoe art and music YouTube.  Art and music videos, funnily enough. 

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.


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. 


Cathedral



Episode #18: Cathedral – (Song at 6:08 & 28:50)

Hi, If you’ve been here before, welcome back for another dose! If you’re here for the first time, thanks for having a listen.  What I’m doing is offering you an insight into the song, where it came from, how it came together – plus of course you get to hear a demo of the song. 

I particularly enjoy looking back at the time I when I wrote the song, seeing what springs to mind… It’s amazing how a song is like a bookmark in time, for your memory. 

This week’s song is Song# 357. Cathedral is a song I wrote when I needed to dig deep to get through a tough time. Writing this song was therapeutic, but art is great because it can become something else, something better than a dark piece of therapy. It can become something uplifting, something that might mean one thing to one person and mean something else to another listener. A song can be transformative for both the writer and the listener. 

I think the arts are so important. It’s getting us through these covid weeks – it’s getting our minds off what is a very difficult and tragic time

 If you want 30 minutes in another world, step into the shoes of this songwriter and I’ll take you somewhere else. 

I’ll take you the place where I go, the place I discovered as a kid, the place I take stock, regain my balance and get a fresh perspective. 

2 for 1 again this week: first up, a piano /vocal demo and then a band version of this week’s cathedral to finish.  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. 


Who’ll Forget



Episode #12: Who’ll Forget – (Song at 4:10)

A political song this week. I wrote this one back in 2002. It’s popped up again now. It was released once as 100 CDs, a booklet with lyrics and watercolour / pen paintings. But it always felt like a demo.

I’m going to re-record this album. I have repainted the original watercolour / pen sketches in acrylic and developed them some more.  I’ll include these with the new release.

In the intervening years since I wrote the song, it only seems to have become more prescient – and pertinent. These are worrying times. The more art and music that draws our attention to matters that (in my opinion) need urgent attention and addressing, the better.

So, I’ll make no apologies for the serious mood that pervades this episode.

There is an element of hope. There’s always hope. But it’ll take action to turn things around.

This about the danger of where things might get to if there is capitalism with no controls/limits in place.

As usual, I analyse the lyrics – at the risk of coming across as special, or conceited – I step outside the song, forget for a moment that I was the writer and look at the words as they are.

There’s a line that’s very pertinent to these present uncertain times with Covid-19:

Where’s all your berries, stick them all here – next to your dead buried, without even a care.

It hit me between the eyes when I read it this week.

I’m an optimist, I hope for great things in the future. There are great people doing great things today leading to this possibility.

For today, here’s a snapshot of our times, written 18 years ago.

Its a bit grim – I lost most of my income overnight as an artist / musician entertainer. But quite amazingly, this was the very week I’d committed to publishing the podcast, a new start to this blog and a new Youtube channel.

The time to publish is now.