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This is a podcast about writing a song a week for a year.

This is a podcast about writing a song a week for a year.
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This is a podcast about writing a song a week for a year.






The Last Waltz

"Tribute" is a soon-to-be-released indie film by a friend back in Manitoba. I offered to create an acoustic score in the two days before the film was due, and this is the final song. I'm very influenced by the mellow and warm acoustic sounds from Life is Strange and Juno. I hope you can enjoy this simple, lo-fi, emotional acoustic piece. To play this song, I needed my guitar strings tuned to ACFCEF at capo 7.



Cute, simple, sexy, and I hope memorable. I just picked up an old harmonica and came up with this song. It's inspired by the tone set by the movie "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart." Any song style requests? Video:


All Along the Watchtower

Physicists travel and relocate frequently to universities and national labs. I had the privilege of meeting up with Joe McLaughlin, a fellow physicist and metal head from the band Christ Complex in the brief window he is visited Vancouver. I've tried and failed to make metal music in the past; something about it my brain can't comprehend. This is not the case for the guitar wizard, Joe. We teamed up and combined our skills to arrange, perform, record, mix, and master a deathcore cover of...



Ever see Swiss Army Man with Daniel Radcliffe? The movie with the farts? The film and soundtrack inspired me to challenge my fears head on and embrace what makes me weird, so this week I composed a (mostly) 7/4 A Capella piece. I know it's far from top 40, but I (hope I) was able to capture a roller coaster of emotion within this piece. It can mean whatever you want it: prepping for a surgery, battling cancer, being stoned off your ass, etc. I'm really happy with how it turned out and how...



I'm still trying to find my sound. I like layering vocal octaves and the indie sound from songs in the game Life Is Strange. I wrote this while at a cabin off the Washington sound. There are close by islands, but all the water is from the ocean; the tides coming in and out make it resemble a river, inspiring the opening lyrics and the rest of the song. My talented gf inked out the art for this before she met me and I became memorized with it as I feel it fits the scenery and mood of this...



I was really obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid and totally bit someone once in kindergarten. What a mess... So, this song is largely a true story. Thanks for giving this song a listen, and please share if I have compelled you to do so. Lyrics: When I was young, they would ask me, When I grow up, what would I'd like to be? With stars in my eyes, I knew my answer well And to everyone I would tell, I wanna be a dinosaur. I want to be a velociraptor with twelve inch claws...


Quiet Daggers

This marks the half way point of the Thing A Week Project! Wooh! This song is pretty meta, inspired by the sounds of Say Anything and Cage The Elephant. It expresses my current frustrations with my slow development as a public figure in music.


Tunnel Tunnel Tunnel Ft. Flip My Beatz

This was a fun instrumental collaboration with Flip My Beatz who I met online. This song is really opening my mind to the idea of mixing genres. I might try some punk pieces with hip hop drums in the future because they can just sound so good!


Wet Streets And Traffic Lights [Live In French]

I don't speak French, but hearing it in Montreal drove me to adapt a rock song to an acoustic ballad: Original: Lyrics [French]: Je pensais à toi dernièrement Je pensais que tu n'étais pas là Je pensais à la façon dont nous étions Et comme cet air d'été me manque Mais vous n'etes pas là Il pleut toujours à Vancouver Ce serait un miracle dans le sud-ouest J'ai dû apprendre à vivre sans toi Je ne peux pas oublier Je n'oublierai jamais Lyrics...


Bus Stop ft. Benjamin Bubb

Dianne got me into Lo-Fi Hip Hop, so to mix things up a bit, I dove into the genre. This song sounds suspiciously good and I should try to make music that sounds good more often. Super duper thanks to Benjamin Bubb who came out of his hiatus to collaborate on the ambient tracks for this song!!! What are your feelings on this genre change? Have any new specific sub-genres of music you want the world to hear? Benjamin Bubb:



A remake of an emotional original of mine. I'm a pitchy mess, but it's who I am. My wonderful gf drew the art for this based on an actual picture of me. I'm sort of a contortionist.


Find The Lighthouse

Just a brooding sad song.


All The Same

This might be my favourite original yet! I half grew up on thrashy skate punk music and it's nice to make music that I would personally like to hear for once. Tell me, what are your most nostalgic genres? Thanks again for watching! Website: Twitter:


Love Forever, Sadie

I found someone on Tumblr who needed a lyricists for a musical they were developing. To audition, I needed to compose an outro song for the play. In it, a 13 year old girl knows she will mysteriously die the next day and writes a farewell letter to her loved ones. The title was prescribed to be "Love Forever, Sadie." Because of the nature of the musical and this song being a letter, I decided to make the lyrics linear. Thanks for listening this week! Please let me know what you think! The...


Racoon From Horse Shoe Bay

Um, I like raccoons? I'm trying to not be afraid to branch into new and bizarre styles of music, so thanks for listening! If you had to write a love song to an animal, which would it be? My Twitter: My Website: YouTube: Download: Lyrics: Let me tell you a tale of a boy who set sail for a land so far away With a song in his heart and a fresh new start he had no reason...



I got bummed out one night and started playing blues riffs on guitar. Next thing I know, I have a slow 8-bar blues on my hands. Special thanks to Triss from Triss Tunes on YouTube for helping me out with a lot of the solo guitar work! Another special thanks to @dankmaths and @FindChaos for their original portraits of us for this week! They take commissions and do full color work! TrissTunes: My Twitter: My Website:...



Lets experiment with more classic pop-punk sounds! I felt like I missed the mark a little on this song, but it was fun experimenting and making this short fun track. I'm a sucker for telephone effects on instruments. My Twitter: My Website: Download: Lyrics: Let me know when it's okay for me to be myself again I think that is only fair. Just tell me everything will all be alright so I can get some sleep tonight...


Love Letter

Lets start Season 2 with a love story! I confess that The introduction was inspired by 'At The Bottom of Everything' by Bright Eyes, just a spoken word story to introduce the song. This is all a true story by the way, with the name of the love interest redacted of course. Thanks for listening! My Twitter: My Website: YouTube: Download:...


Sick And Alone

Happy Belated New Years!!! In February, I was listening to the podcast, What Should We Draw, and it was the first episode the host had done in 2018, and the host mentioned he got sick during New Years. He thought, "It would be funny for a boy band singing a New Years song about getting sick with friends." I immediately quit paying attention to class and started writing lyrics and a melody, and the song came in to being. This song is a bit bizarre, but it's cute and I like it. Thanks for...


Could You Be The One

Michael Buble and Sinatra were probably the first artists I listened to before I got exposed to punk music. I wrote this a short while back when I had a job playing piano at an Italian restaurant. Let me know what you think and thanks for giving it a listen! My Twitter: My Website: YouTube: Lyrics: Someone's gonna take me home tonight Someone's gonna brighten up my life Someone's gonna take me far from here Someone's...