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EpISODE 47 Song Writing FEaturing COLIN SONIAT

HOSTS- Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips

 

SPECIAL GUEST- Colin Soniat

 

TYPE- Special Topics

 

DURATION- 88:22

 

EPISODE MUSIC- "Run", "Burst In Flames", "Going Nowhere" (Sunquakes)

"Family Man", "Asleep or Awake" (Tonal Vision)

ANNOUNCER- Mike Cunliffe

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DESCRIPTION

Song writing is different for everybody. Sometimes we can be inspired by the experiences of others. We will talk all about it with our friend and colleague, Colin Soniat. We'll dig deep into his musical background and find out how his songwriting has evolved alongside. Hear some great original music examples and enjoy an in depth, yet light-hearted, discussion on creating something from within!

COLIN SONIAT Guitarist | SONG WRITER | Composer
CURRENT PROJECTS Tonal Vision (1996-current)

(from left to right)

COLIN SONIAT- guitar, lead vocals

JASON BAILEY- mandolin, harmony vocals

JEREMY BURNS- bass guitar, harmony vocals

LANE MCGIBBONY- drums

SUNQUAKES (2011-current)

(clockwise from the top)

COLIN SONIAT- guitar, lead vocals

JEREMY BURNS- bass guitar, harmony vocals

MIGUEL MARTINEZ- drums

JIMMY KERNAN- guitar

THINGS TO REMEMBER

-Repetition is key. Songwriting, like any activity, improves with time and repetition. Try to exercise your songwriting muscles on a regular basis.

 

-Sometimes a great song begins with a great riff, or melody. If you have one in your head, or under your fingers, try to record it so you can remember it. That way, you can come back later and build on it.

 

-Many songwriters have co-writers that they work with on occasion. This is a worthwhile venture but, like any partnership, it shouldn't be forced. Like any relationship, it involves a little "give and take". Try to be receptive to your co-writer's ideas and suggestions.

 

-Try to put yourself in the shoes of someone else. Try to take other perspectives into consideration. Empathy can be a great tool for a songwriter.

 

-Don't let your fear of unoriginality stifle your creativity. Who cares if it's been done before? Your way might be better!

Who cares if it's "uncool"? Maybe you can redefine "cool"!

 

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