I was fortunate enough to be a special guest on Song Talk Radio, a streaming program where songwriters talk to other songwriters about the craft of songwriting. OK, I’m also a co-host of the show, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that I got to be a guest, too.
I spoke with Phil, Bruce, and Eric about the development of three of my songs on my debut release, Counterfeit Lampshades. We talked about the influence the Songwriter’s Cafe meetup group has had on my music, and some of the writing tools I learned from Pat Pattison from his Songwriting course on Coursera.
I was also awarded bonus points for the best (and possibly only) use of the word milieu in a song.
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Michael Gee is a musical chum I met at the Songwriter’s Cafe meetup group. He had an idea for a parody of Walking in a Winter Wonderland, entitled Working With a Wookie on a Plan. He brought along a karaoke track where the only singing present was the part starting “Later on, we’ll conspire…” which, because of the pick-up on the first line, I couldn’t edit out. This was fortunate, as Michael’s revised lyric also had the line “Later on, we’ll conspire,” only he followed it up with “Against the evil empire.” So, after quite a bit of cutting and pasting, we had a base track to record his vocals too. I suggested he not sing over the “Later on, we’ll conspire” vocals of the original. Then I added a virtual sleigh bell shaker sample to the track, and we had a complete song.
By the next morning, Michael had created a video to go along with his song: