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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. 


End The Game



Episode #31: End The Game – (Song at 8:42sec)

Where did this song come from? What caused me to write these lyrics? 

Without giving too much away, sometimes the world can seem a bit too …intense.

The news can be a bit grim. …that’s what can cause artists to sit down and create something that hopefully lifts their spirits – and the great thing is, it has the potential to lift other people too. That’s the power of the arts. 

Today the weather report would had you believe a deluge was imminent. 

I ignored it, grabbed my fishing gear, painting gear and iPad to write my blog post. And …it was beautiful…

Does this seem off topic? Well, it’s in keeping with my style on this podcast. We get to where we need to, but there’s no rush. There’s plenty of humour, observations..

Each episode holds surprises for me as I delve in and explore about The song..

Join me this week, grab a cuppa. Gain an insight into songwriting.. And have a listen to a song as well. 

I mention an old house I lived in for a number of years…here’s a poem I wrote about it: Peaceful House

By the way, I do say in this episode that it’s November. I do know it’s October….. Sometimes being an artist, it’s like being on another planet…

Also here’s my blog ..www.petepascoe.wordpress.com . You can view the painting I painted this week. Plus there’s links to lots of other art ..including how to draw a Cartoon Poodle playing double bass, if you will..

It’s a varied life, being an artist and musician… I’m fully committed to this songwriting. 

There’s plenty more here.  Www.petepascoe.com 

As always, the the song start time is in the title.

Enjoy! 


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.


Walk By The River



Episode #24: Walk By The River – (Song at 6.14)

Welcome to another podcast episode – a big show again, this week! 

Picture me on a stage, with my piano. You’re the intimate audience. Yes, you’re going to a get a song- song# 385 as matter of fact. But that’s far from all you’ll be hearing about. 

Come back in time with me and we’ll see where the song came from. At the time I composed this song, I was reading Tolkien by candlelight, listening to De Ja vu by Crosby Stills Nash and Young. It was a peaceful time for me.

I walked by the river a lot, fly fishing and letting my worries go. Just as my father did before me and his father did before him, on that same river. 

This song was the last one I wrote before I left New Zealand to come to live in Australia. 

As well as looking at the lyrics and the music, you’ll get to hear about a (humorous) unfortunate episode involving me by the river in NZ on a very dark night, finding my way back to my car. And another yarn about a quiet stream, years later, in Victoria, Australia. 

Along with life observations, insights to the song writing process, a yarn or two about gigs I’ve played and some other surprises ….enjoy some music and a chat. 

Sit back , grab a cuppa and put your feet up for 30 minutes. Let me entertain you!


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. 


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!