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Innocent



Episode #124:  Innocent    (Song starts at 4:17 & 28:14)

Where did Innocent, song #465, come from? It came from a dream. 

The finished lyrics were pretty much what I wrote down as I recalled a dream which I had, just before I woke up. I recommend trying this…often what comes though is more than you bargained for. Sometimes you end up remembering more than you thought would about the dream.

I’ve had fully formed songs come to me in dreams – music and lyrics. 

In this case though, after casting my mind back to the dream, the images and feeling remained with me (no music).

So. Feeling: that’s the key. In my book, a song must start with feeling. At least that’s the way I roll.

Sometimes faces, entities, if you like, come to me in my dreams. It feels like a real connection, a ‘step on’ from just a regular dream. I find it all fascinating. Music is a great place to put this sort of thing for me.

The music came to me very quickly – at least I thought I’d finished writing it at the time. 

But I’m very open to writing and rewriting my songs, open to editing & seeing where feelings take me further down the track.

On this episode, there are 2 versions of Innocent. The first is a piano/vocal a version I sang during the recording of this episode.

The second version at the end, is the track which my Melbourne band, Pete Pascoe and the Patient Hum, recorded for the album ‘This World Offers You’ (which you can hear at www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com). 

The band (Ants Reed, Neil Sims and Dan Dew and I) convened last night for a band practice… It was really great. You can hear it in my voice on this episode… Perhaps it was a little bit too good..anyhow..

The music and lyrics of ‘Innocent’ evolved along the way. I play keyboard bass in the band (as well as piano) and that puts me in a position where I can really drive things along and change the music by changing bass notes. 

It’s like letting the paint lead the way when I’m painting a picture (by the way, I visited my seascape exhibition tonight with my family, you can check out some paintings on recent posts on my blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com.)

Eventually I’ll have seascape painting, cartoon drawing, songwriting & piano instruction video courses available online. 

Where will you hear about this?  Insta, my blog, here, youtube, etc. You can sign up to my email list – I’d love that. Email me at info@petepascoe.com You won’t miss a thing that way.

A new album will be dropping very soon – folk rock, with Paul Dredge (NZ), whom I mention a lot on this podcast.  We wrote and recorded the album in two countries (I’m in Melbourne, Australia)  

That’s determination for you…in fact, that’s another key factor in songwriting: I think you’ve got to be committed and let nothing get in the way of the inspiration when it comes through. 

It’s lead to around 800 songs for me. 

There’s also a new video up for the first single from the upcoming album (Paul and I) The video includes the lyrics and stick figure cartoons I keep coming up with …there’s about 1000 of these around too.. 

You can view the video here:  YouTube Pete Pascoe Art and Music. You’re Going To Be OK (Do Do Do).

Yes, I’m busy &  yes, I’m committed. I’m loving every minute of this creative path & I’m particularly enjoying recording these podcast episodes.

Join me now for another one.. Here we go…Innocent –  let’s see where the song takes us..


Someone To Lean On



Episode #123: Someone To Lean On   (Song starts at 3:02 )

Hi there. Welcome to the podcast where the plan is : you’ll get to understand how it feels to be in the shoes of a songwriter. So how does it feel?

It feels completely free to let your hands wander on the keys (if you play piano, like me). It’s like the ignition is there waiting for you.

And… it’s like the sense of excitement you had when you were a child and you have some presents to open.

When you’re have some lyrics ready, it’s a great fun to think about adding the music – the anticipation.

Someone to lean on, song #143, was written in 1989. Maybe it’s time to give it some air again …Maybe I’ll run it by the band (my Melbourne band – Pete Pascoe and the Patient hum)

This song is about the importance of having friends around. Sometimes it’s better to ask for help, rather than trying to do it all yourself.  Which brings to mind..I think we are here to have fun and sure, I think we are here to learn stuff.

There’s nothing like having some friends around to have fun with. Friends are great for offering some reflection, too.

That’s the sort of thinking that inspired ‘Someone To Lean On’. I was alone at home on the piano (with just my flatmate’s tabby kitten to keep me company – and she made it into the lyrics)..  the songs weren’t flowing this particular month.. but I kept at it and I kept having fun.

It’s a good idea just to keep writing. There’s a line in the song ‘when the blank walls cease to reflect your great ideas and inspiration’. Just keep on moving.

Sure, have a break, get out in nature perhaps, and come back refreshed.

If you just make a start with your pen, some interesting and unexpected words will start to appear. You’ll tune in to something. Perhaps your own voice. Perhaps something else comes through.

Same on an instrument. We all have our style, I own processes. It’s fine – embrace your songs, your style, but I think a key thing is :

To be free. Just enjoy the process, have fun as you do it. Have fun in life.

Then you’ll be inspired  and have energy when your you do your art.

Ok ‘Someone To Lean On’, here we go.


We All Need (A Little Bit Of Peace)



Episode #122:  All We Need (A Little Bit Of Peace)   (Song starts at 3:02)

Hi there.

All We Need, song #46, was one of those songs that’s been sitting in my songbook, doing nothing. Why? The chorus wasn’t up to scratch. The lyrics were just not right.

So I decided to rewrite the lyrics for the chorus.

Then, just before I recorded this podcast episode, I thought I’d have some fun and record a demo of ‘All We Need’.

I think this sort of ‘ahh, what the heck!’ / free sort of feeling I have presently, is partly to do with the fact that I have just opened my Seascape Exhibition (you can view paintings on my recent blog posts: www.petepascoe.wordpress.com). It feels like my every woken moment for the last few months has been spent with a paintbrush in hand.

I think this sense of freedom and ‘play’ is so important when it comes to writing a song. How does it feel to write a song?  It feels free – or that’s the way it feels to me.

I’m not one of those ‘creatives’ that spends hours and hours agonising over the details. I like the initial magic – both at the composition stage and during a recording session.

I am big, however, on constantly editing – in a free manner. How it works for me is: I regularly sit at the piano and flick the pages of my song books randomly, picking out songs to sing and play.

As I perform the song (and it does feel more like a performance than a rehearsal), I’m completely open to changing the song…the lyrics, the riff, the melody, the chords, the structure & the feel (rhythm / tempo) – and I do. A tweak here and there…

I seem to have the ability to remember the most recent version, too, which is handy. I hear the whole band arrangement – including string arrangements – even though I’m playing it on the piano.

So with this episode’s song, ‘All We Need’, I’ve reworked the chorus. The words: ‘if we could have a little bit of peace today’’ popped into my mind.

So I went with them. I can always change them again. Nothing is cast in stone – until the song has been recorded and released (and even then you can record another version).

I’d just like to add here: I think it’s also really important to set yourself a deadline to finish creative work by. Otherwise the years can whizz by quietly and you might find yourself with a pile of unreleased songs (or art).

Go for excellence. If you go for perfection, you’ll suck the creativity – the magic – out of the process.

I’m looking forward to recording ‘All We Need’. Guitars would be great – and real drums.

Also, at the end of this episode, a piece came to me on the piano. As I improvised/composed the song, it sounded like it could do with some lyrics. I’ll finish this song off one day.

So, on this episode you’ll get to hear me in the moment, ‘catching’ a melody and some chords for a song as they ‘came through’ for the first time (happens at 29: 26 , just as I was about to sign out).

All of this is an endlessly fascinating & rewarding process. If you’d like to hear more about it, sit back and enjoy the show. Here we go.


Miles and Messages



Episode #121: Miles and Messages    (Song starts at 2:33)

Carrying on from the last episode, this song, #256, was written a short time after Fairy Tale.

While Fairy Tale (as it’s title suggests), is mostly an imagined scenario with a projected happy ending with a moral, Miles and Messages is where the songwriter (yours truly) came back to earth with a thump and faced up to the reality of what was really happening at the time.

Yes, this one shoots straight from the hip – the reality of the situation brought out some pain and with it, some clarity of thought – and what’s this situation? Well, at the time of writing this song, there was someone Paul and I knew that we thought would really add to our music, if she got onboard…

…and longer term, if it came to be one day, this was someone whom I had a soft spot for. But truth be known, I was beginning to realise this might not ever eventuate. This was what inspired the lyrics – and the words then inspired the music.

There’s a couple of readings from my diaries again, this time. I’m enjoying bringing this aspect into play. 

A couple of years ago, I visited Kuratau, New Zealand (where I wrote this song ) again. It was the place where I wrote the song on the previous episode (plus a bunch more) all those years ago. I described the beautiful outdoor scene in my diary I wrote about how it felt to be back there again. 

I also share a long forgotten poem which I found in my diary today, written back in 1993 (when this song was written). Again, it describes the scene ( the beautiful Kuratau river mouth leading into a majestic lake Taupo ) – and there’s some of how I was feeling at the time, woven in. 

Words are powerful things, when written honestly from the heart. You can say the same about music – and together they are a potent force. 

Have a listen and hear how Miles and Messages came together…from its inspiration to demo stage (also recorded in 1993, this arrangement is piano and vocal  – arranged for 3 voices, funnily enough). 

I’m really going to enjoy reworking the songs on this podcast. I’ll do some piano /vocal albums; some songs with Paul Dredge ( check out our new single, folks: You’re Going To Be Ok ( Do Do Do). The album will be out shortly) &  I think I’ll also end up recording some of these songs with  my Melbourne based band: the Patient Hum guys. 

So these episodes are about rediscovery – and it’s about sharing the art of songwriting. If you’re thinking about writing a song or a poem, I say: go for it! I write all the time. It’s given myself and others so much pleasure along the way.

A few things came to me, while listening back to Miles and Messages -and Fairy Tale – after all these years: people come and go in our lives. I think it pays to treat each other gently along the way. A hug can go a long way. Outcomes are outcomes  – they’ll be what they will. The journeys the thing – that’s where we do our learning. 

And maybe sometimes it’s a good idea to write things down, in a diary, or in song lyric.. Or in a letter. But as a line suggest in this song, sometimes the written lines in a letter can get tangled up and perhaps misconstrued…

Right – piqued your curiosity? Us creatives – we are full of emotion, aren’t we.

Ok hope you enjoy Miles and Messages. It was an emotional thing to write the song and it’s been an enjoyable experience reflecting on that time and talking about how the song came tougher musically. On with the show!


Fairy Tale



Episode #120  Fairy Tale

(song starts at 3:46)

We are going back in time again – with some help from this week’s song.  Fairytale, song #252, was written in 1993. The demo was recorded then, too.

On this episode, I touch on how much our surroundings affect us. Nature is my thing, particularly being next to a river or the ocean . 

I was living in Kuratau, NZ when this song came to me – and the song for the next episode popped up at the same time. They seem to belong together, somehow. Kuratau is a serene, ‘deep’ place in the winter. It’s a time & place for some quiet reflection. – a great place to find some solitude (in the winter months). That’s what I found.

Fairytale is a song about Paul Dredge and myself. I’ve cast us as jesters, back in time-  sort of medieval times (Paul is my long time co-songwriter from NZ. We have a single out currently: https://petepascoe.hearnow.com/youre-going-to-be-ok-do-do-do . Album coming up soon (folk rock).

Back to the song. The person the jesters are entertaining is someone whom they thought would sing well with them and be part of proceedings. 

So it’s a fictional tale, with seeds of truth, complete with an imagined outcome. That’s art. On reflection, perhaps a better title would be  Fairy Tale (The Jesters and The Queen).

It was fun to write in this ‘fairy tale’ manner, presenting ourselves ‘in character’. It’s something I hadn’t done before- and haven’t done since. 

The serene lake Taupo is in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island. To visit the area is to lift your senses . To reside there is potentially transformative. It’s a place of awesome peace and beauty. I recommend a visit if you’ve never been.

It was against this backdrop that I wrote lots in my diaries (I share some of that on this episode) and I came up with some songs, like this one.

Fairytale is an allegorical tale. It all comes together at the end with a statement along the lines of:  perhaps it might be an idea to follow our dreams and put them before all else.

The title came to me later. It seemed apt, considering the fact that the happy ending was illusionary. 

Which is fine. In life you’re going to have your hopes and plans and no matter what you’re doing, you’re going to have ups and downs. Some things will ‘work out’ and somethings won’t (apparently). So you might as well pick something you love to spend your time on.

I’m lucky. I chose an artistic path. Yes, in some respects, it’s a challenging path. But I’ve learned and consequently, I’ve grown and I think that’s what we’re here to do. 

The characters, in this medieval sort of guise, in this tale, existed in my mind for the duration of the lyric writing time. I let the pen the lead the way. 

It was surprising to see where it took me. I like the line: ’ A message from the queen that was sent y’s ( which I rhymed with ‘adventures’ ).

The lyrics are in this week’s blog post. Www.petepascoe.wordpress.com 

It pays to sit back and go with the flow and generally I’ve found it doesn’t often pay to try and twist people’s arms (If it’s meant to be…).

The upshot is: ultimately I took what was really a personal song to a place where I’ve ended on a more global sort of theme, to bring the listener in.

So, I think the question this song is asking is: are you free to go with the flow? Let outcomes be what they will. ..

Perhaps that’s easier said than done at times… 

The bongos and guitar on this old demo were played by Paul Dredge (again, stand by for the new album- and we’re already along way down the path towards producing another). 

It’s an ongoing unfolding sort of process, being a songwriter. Having an long term musical relationship with another person is great. It takes you places. 

Along the way, I’ve created songs at nearly every twist and turn in my life, which I’m very grateful to have done. It’s so nice to be sharing the songs and more importantly here, sharing how they came to be. 

By the way, just a reminder: this podcast doesn’t get overly technical. It’s for everyone – those who may not be versed in musical theory at all will hopefully enjoy this as much as someone who is. 

For instance I use the analogy of riding a wave at the beach to describe the feeling of being inspired and acting on it. ..

Here we go…enjoy! 


This Is How It Goes



Episode#119: This Is How It Goes   (Song starts at 4:28)

The evening I recorded this episode, I went outside because I heard a strange song.

A chorus of hundreds of frogs could be heard on the wind. Talk about nature’s tune. These frogs were really making a racket.

As it turned out, this fitted in nicely with the song featured on this week’s episode. ‘This Is How It Goes’ talks about getting in touch with nature’s tune.

Also, following on from the essence of last week’s podcast: as we are all in a state of constant change, we might as well do it in conjunction with nature – it just might be a smoother path.

What inspired me to write this song? Well, to answer that, I’d like to share this: a reader of my blog posts contacted me recently to let me know she enjoyed me sharing the ‘how I paint a seascape foreground’. This sort of showing the ‘step by step process’ is much like how I share how I write a song here. She was amazed I was self taught as a painter (as I am, as a songwriter)..

I replied, quoting something I read about: if you put 10,000 hours into something , you’re going to come up with something…substantial.

I think for a few reasons.You’re not going to do anything by choice for 10000 hours unless it’s something you’re passionate about. So it’s likely to be something that comes naturally to you.

Also, you’re going to make 10,000 mistakes along the way, as you figure out your style. You figure out which mistakes you’re going to keep as you find your own voice.

Your natural, original voice. It’s something that you’ll know when you find it- and others will know, too.

Everybody enjoys different sorts of voices. I’m a big fan of Bob Dylan. I love the way he sings Make You Feel My Love. There’s so much felling and experience in his voice.

I think if you find your own voice in life, regardless of what you get up to, it’ll all come together for you, somehow. That’s the essence of this song.

I’m pleased I chose to share this song in this episode, following on from last week’s Patient Hum from 1998 . You can hear the evolution of a songwriter. This one was written in 2016. 18 years are going to bring about some changes.

And that is the path of the artist & the songwriter; it’s a slowly changing mysterious path.

This podcast is slowly evolving. Each episode unfolds in a very free manner. I record these episodes without any sort of script or forethought. I let the song, the music and the lyrics lead the way – and I make sure I’m having fun.

Eventually I’ll produce a video course based on aspects of this podcast. I’m looking forward to that ( I’ve already done a lot of work towards my ebooks and video courses. How I:  play piano; paint seascapes; draw cartoons, etc).

You can keep up with me by joining my email list. That way you won’t miss a thing. My blog has the lyrics to this song ( I include the lyrics each week) on www.petepascoe.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy hearing about the song This Is How It Goes. It’s always a surprise to me where these episodes get to – and this one is no exception.

Enjoy.


The Patient Hum



Episode #118: The Patient Hum      (Song starts at 4:58 & 24:38)

Song #436, The Patient Hum was written in 1998. Back then, there was a sense of peace about what I was up to (and I’m happy to say there’s a sense of peace about what I’m up to today).

So the song came from a peaceful place. The lyrics talk about how everything is in a state of constant change – including us, as people. 

The arts offer a place of reflection where we can see ourselves for who we truly are. It’s also a ‘safe place’ where suggested ways forward can be presented. Yes,  I believe music and art has the power to lead the way, to change us. 

There’s 2 versions of The Patient Hum on this episode. The first is piano/vocal, the version I performed as I recorded this episode. The second is the pop rock treatment with my old buddies Paul Dredge (guitar & bass) and Earl Pollard (drums).

In 1998, I had recently relocated to Melbourne. When I went back to New Zealand for a music tour that didn’t happen, I ended up recording 16 songs which became a short run of 100 CDs. Patient Hum was one of those songs.  I also got 500 CDs pressed of my first piano album, Eridanus / River Music. 

So it was a big chapter in my life. 

Being a songwriter gives you a way to express big feelings in a ‘safe’ environment – and they then (hopefully) become art that we can listen back to and reflect on. 

At the time (also, back in 1998), it appeared my gig was on the way out. I’d been working as a piano man at The Holiday Inn. A new GM had arrived and decided a change was in order – namely introducing ‘happening jazz’ into the recently renovated bar where I’d been the resident pianist for a while. And so I moved on- it was time.

Behind the scenes, I was beavering away, writing songs, patiently doing my thing – and I still am today. Paul Dredge and I have the new album dropping shortly. Looking forward to this being available online for streaming very soon. I was just working a video for a single.

Maybe The Patient Hum might need to be reworked by Paul and I. But then, there’s so many other songs that we haven’t looked yet – and then there’s the songs we have yet to write. Yep, it’s all a slowly changing plan. 

That’s the nature of the arts. It keeps us moving on. 

Ok I hope you enjoy some of the life observations that pop into my mind as I chat. The Patient Hum lead me to a peaceful, thoughtful state on this episode – a place of balance. And that would be the place where the art of songwriting can happen. It’s would also be the state where we can best unfold as we grow in this life.

The Patient Hum, on reflection, would be about being open to the concept of constant change. If we keep working at it steadily, I believe this can happen peacefully. 

You can find the lyrics on this week’s blog ( lots of art and more music and writing here. www.petepascoe.wordpress.com )


No Crime To Stay



Episode #117:  No Crime To Stay  (Song starts at 10:00)

This week’s song (#263) was written in 1993, when I was living in a very beautiful & peaceful spot in New Zealand: Kuratau, on the shores of lake Taupo.

The meditative pastime of fly fishing for trout really relaxes me. I find that once I’ve been out in nature, all my worries have drifted away and I’m ready to create. 

As a songwriter, I really think it’s important to get away from it and do some other activity that takes your mind completely away from songwriting. 

Reading from pages of an old diary, I found out what I was up to the week I wrote the song…I wrote the words to No Crime To Stay one night when I meant to get an early night. I ended up writing the lyrics for 5 songs and going to bed at 1am. 

The next morning I got up at noon, surprise, surprise. I then wrote songs all day, went to bed at 1am  – then got up at 4:45am to go fishing! 

I was a determined young chap, keen to write & perform songs and share them with the world – keen about fishing too!  – and I still am, here in 2022.

I’m really enjoying recording these podcast episodes. I haven’t played this song in years, so it was nice to rediscover it, as I sang and played the piano. 

It was, of course, a much younger me when I wrote the lyrics. They can provide fascinating insights into the writer as a person. This song was written when I was feeling a bit lonely.

On this episode I also compose a piano piece. It happened on the spur of the moment. That’s what I love about this podcast: the natural flow & the consequent surprises. 

It’s all totally unscripted. When I go into my studio I often don’t even know what song I’m going to look at. But each week it all seems to come together, as I draw attention to various aspects of songwriting. I have a chat about all sorts of other things that pop into my mind as I go along… fingers on the keys of the piano, my mind free to roam where it well.

I hope you enjoy hearing how this song came together, as we look at the lyrics, the music – and also the background : what I was up to at the time. 

I think it’s a great idea to keep a diary. It becomes a ‘time machine’, much like a song can be. 

As a creative person, I think it’s a good idea to write in a diary regularly. It sort of clears the mind and makes room for creativity.

Ok here we go. Ready for a song and some chat? Enjoy. 

By the way here’s my blog- you read the song lyrics here + view my art (I’ve been flat out painting for an upcoming exhibition of my seascapes), plus there’s links to more music.  www.petepascoe.bandcamp.com 


Still Crazy Here



Episode #116: Still Crazy Here (Song starts at 3:43)

Hi there,  For this episode, I dug up a box of old diaries and found the year/week where I wrote this song. 

I read through some passages. It turns out I’d left my stage piano at the gig. So I wasn’t able to write songs… and I wrote: ‘If I’m not being creative, I feel terrible!’. 

I was flat. Didn’t see the point in watching TV, I was disgruntled to to say the least. 

Then something happened. I tidied up my desk, found 15 lots of lyrics, went for a run, had some vivid dreams and then….got my piano back and started getting creative. 

Song # 459 from July 1999, came from cutting out pictures from magazines and sticking them into a collage – pictures of Elvis next to the dolphins and Star Wars characters. 

Yes, there’s nothing like cutting out pictures and making a collage to just play, and see where it takes you. 

In this case, I mention it in my lyrics and away I go. 

The lyrics observe quite openly and partly tongue in cheek : ‘I’m still crazy here, still crazy now.’ It’s a description of how it feels to be a creative soul. 

Cutting pictures out of magazines smacks of therapy, doesn’t it? Perhaps it was.. perhaps I was just gently getting in touch with the creative side of myself again.

Currently (back here in 2022) I’m flat out painting seascapes for an exhibition which opens in July. I’m mixing a solo album, recording these episodes, I publish a blog post each week, teach 22 students how to play the piano Monday’s and Tuesday’s.. and that’s just part of it. Yes, here in 2022, I’m flat out. 

Back in 1999, I was trying to get busy, here in Melbourne, 2 years into the new adventure, having moved from New Zealand (the lyrics say I ‘jumped the river to start again’). 

I’d managed to sell my first 70 piano solo CDs (Eridanus River Music (streaming now – CDs available). I was making a living from being a piano man a few times a week. I was spending my daytimes writing songs. So things were slowly starting to happen for me.

And when I was writing songs I was happy again. It’s the same for me now, after all these years. I’ve written another song this week, and started another couple. I’ll send them to my song writer buddy in New Zealand, Paul Dredge. We have a new album dropping in about 3 weeks. Very excited about this. 

“Melody, melody melody, where do you come from?” I say this in this episode. It’s a mystery and I’m very content to leave it that way. 

In amongst the analysing and exploring of the songwriting process, which I’m really enjoying on these episodes, so much comes to the surface to be discussed. 

And then there’s a this underlying beautiful mysterious energy that underlies it all. 

Dipping into this realm is such a pleasure. By the way, I think anyone can develop the knack to a degree… Keeping a diary, learning an art (like songwriting) helps. Yep, it’s the ‘doing’ that counts. 

Ok, join me back in time, now. You’ll hear about how it feels to be a songwriter and you’ll hear how ‘Still Crazy Here’ came together. 

And you’ll get to have a read through a couple of diary excerpts with me. It’s all good fun here, this podcast is constantly evolving.. (Still crazy here!) 

This is the blog www.petepascoe.wordpress.com  where you can see photos of the painting and cartoons I mention, plus the seascape I’ve just started. You can also read the lyrics to ‘Still Crazy Here’. I publish the lyrics here each week. There’s 116 blogs to look back through if you feel like it!.That’ll lead you on to 13 albums of mine in different genres (solo and with others).Enjoy!  

Here we go, I hope you enjoy this episode. 


Winter’s Song



Episode #115: Winter’s Song  (Song starts at 4:57)

It was a cold day, back in 1999. I looked around the flat, saw and heard the rain in the trees outside the window. We had a heater like a back handed compliment: it blew air out, not nearly as warm as what was required.. 

So I started by writing:  ‘Raining in the trees, winters song….’

Song #454 presented itself this week when I opened one of my song books. ‘Winters Song’. I haven’t thought of this one for years. But I like a bit of fun and thought: why not? For this episode I sang and played it – recalling the sections as I went along. 

I also relate thoughts and things that were going on back when I wrote this song. The memories were awoken by music and lyrics. 

It was a big thing to ‘jump the ditch’ (leave New Zealand and settle in Melbourne, Australia), back in 1997. I remember being on the plane as we flew in over Melbourne. All those orange tiled roofs, industrial areas, more housing ..on and on. It seemed to be a  huge place to someone from a small place like Palmerston North, New Zealand. I remember thinking ‘How the heck are we going to find somewhere to live, a job, etc?’…

Anyhow, we’d been in Melbourne for a couple of years when I wrote this song. 

On that winters day, my girlfriend (now wife) was at work. I was at home writing yet another song. 

You’ve just got to make a start. You’ll see just by writing the first verse, the whole song really got set up. 

The subject? Sometimes you get frustrated along the way. For me in this case, I wasn’t frustrated about songwriting. It was getting to me that I just didn’t seem to have what it takes to share my music to a wider audience. 

I remember I was waiting on a call from an agent that never came & I’d heard nothing back from some record companies I’d sent some demos to..

So I was questioning the whole thing – what use is it, being given the gift of lyric writing, music composition, piano playing, singing.. If I don’t have the business sense to take care of that side of things. 

The great thing about art and music, I turned those frustrations into another song, one that could be applied to anyone trying to find some deeper meaning to their life.

I rewrote some lyrics on the song again this episode. You can follow the flow, as I just ‘play’, trying out different words…and playing the piano. A couple of new lines come in and somehow transform the song into something better. It’s a good thing, being open to editing.

It’s never too late to rewrite a song, even just a line or two.

So even though this song was written at a time of self reflection – wondering what it’s all about – ultimately it’s lead to some fun. 

As a songwriter, like any path in life, there are going to be some ups and downs. I’m glad I’ve shared this song on this episode. 

Now I’m looking forward to recording ‘Winter’s Song’. By the way, you can read the lyrics on this week’s blog post, here:  www.petepascoe.wordpress.com

It’d be great to record piano/vocal albums of the songs that have appeared on this podcast. I think I’ll do that one day. I’ll add it to the list! 

Ok, I hope you enjoy listening to how this song came together,  plus some observations on life in general. 

It’s all put across in a relaxed, entertaining manner. I enjoy playing the piano as I speak. Here we go…