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Be entertained with a song and an extended chat, ranging from off the cuff banter/ humour to life observations and song analysis.

Be entertained with a song and an extended chat, ranging from off the cuff banter/ humour to life observations and song analysis.


Mount Eliza, VIC


Be entertained with a song and an extended chat, ranging from off the cuff banter/ humour to life observations and song analysis.






Ghosts and Lamp Posts

Episode #59: Ghosts and Lamp Posts (Song at 5.45) Welcome to another episode packed with information, humour and mystery! I actually said something like that as I introduced this week's podcast episode and as I said those words, the lamp I picked up from the side of the road ( someone was throwing it out) recently went out. It's one of those ones you tap 3 times to get different levels of light. Anyhow, given the subject matter of ghosts, that was quite a moment, here in the middle of the...


These Bills

Episode #58: These Bills (Song at 5.35) This is the podcast where each week I'll put you on the shoes of being a songwriter as I attempt to figure out where/ how a song came to Let’s find out what the inspiration for this week's song These Bills (written in 1991) was... It's a great idea to study other songwriters. So, although I’d already written 190 songs, I decided to buy a Bob Dylan sheet music book and analyse and emulate his style for a song or two. Great move. You learn so...


Post The Picture

Episode #57: Post The Picture (Song at 6.58) Where does a song come from? It's a bit like how long is a piece of string… For me, my songwriting (and my painting) comes from a combination of what is happening in the moment around me - and within - and memories. My lyrics lead me across time, like a time traveller. How does that feel? It makes me feel free - free to express whatever I'm feeling. When you're writing a song it doesn't feel like you're doing it alone. There some sort of cool...


A Little Light

Episode #56: A Little Light (Song at 4.56) Hi there, welcome to another episode packed with anecdotes, songwriting insights & humour. Even if you're not overly into songwriting, you might enjoy this - the focus is on information and entertainment! So sit back and have a listen as I chat, touch briefly on concepts, before moving on to the next thought. I record these episodes without any notes. As soon as I settle on the song and flick the mic on, all sorts of possibilities come into my...


Don’t Miss The Bus

Episode #55: Don't Miss The Bus (Song at 7.22) Written in 2013, this one came to me in a series of verses... ‘on the ether’, as it were. It really felt like I was just sitting, taking notes. Words - lots of words - kept on coming through. When I thought it was finished, more words kept on coming through. The mystery of where these songs come from is something that comes up often in these podcast episodes. You can read the lyrics on my blog here (each week the lyrics to the featured songs are...



Episode #54: Falling (Out The Back Of My Mind) (Song at 5:50 and 28:28) Last week I touched on the idea that the most important thing about songwriting is that you want to convey feeling. I do think it's actually more important than the message. 'Falling' is a song that fits that description to a 't'. A friend of mine listened to the song the other week. She got back to me, said it made it her cry. She wasn't sure what the song was about.....but it got to her - she really liked it. Job done!...



Episode #53: Everlasting (Song at 5.48) Hi there, Welcome to another episode. If it's your first time here, thanks for stopping by. My plan is to try and put you in the shoes of a songwriter - both in general terms and also what I was thinking and feeling when I wrote the song featured in each episode. I'm having a fun week. I inherited a very nice old writing desk. Being a writer, I am stoked with this. I also picked up a cool lamp for my studio (from the grass verge). I actually talked to...


Talk In Riddles

Episode #52: Talk In Riddles It's an interesting thing for me to consider how I came to be a songwriter. It's not something I really set out to be, but listening to the likes of Elton John, Neil Young and Neil Finn, something sparked in me. And it burst into flame and its still burning strong after all this time. 800 songs later and I'm still enjoying the whole process very, very much. This is song #283, from 1993. I see I wrote the lyrics in Auckland, NZ. This was the week I went to see...


Unzipped Heads

Episode #51: Unzipped Heads (Song at 5.40) Hi there, welcome to another episode! This week's song is a bit 'mad' in a slightly wild sort of way. It came from looking at a picture of a pig which my wife had put on the fridge door. I thought I'd have a bit of fun. So straight away I felt like I'd give it an up sort of swung feel in the chorus... It's a great idea to try different styles - and we can open our minds by listening to all sorts of songs (being guided by artificial intelligence as...


Climbing Mountains

Episode #50: Climbing Mountains (Song at 6.08) Welcome to another 'songwriter speaks' episode. In fact, (Ta dah!!! ) this is my 50th episode. I really look forward to turning the mic on, having a chat and sharing a song (a demo) each week. You can check out this week's song on YouTube ( Pete Pascoe Art and Music ) too - I videoed myself singing and playing 14 songs on Valentine's Day ( I went 'live' for the 1st 5 songs on Instagram). I particularly liked the version of this song. So I...



Episode #49: Original (Song at 6.24) Hi, I'm Pete Pascoe. I'm a songwriter (800+songs), a painter, a pianist, cartoonist and a writer. I'm enjoying recording these episodes, talking about the creative song writing process that goes on...amongst other things. Welcome to another episode of exploration, experimentation, information and fun... This is the podcast where I feature a demo of a song I've composed. Each week, I endeavour to shed some light on where these songs come from. It's a...


In My Own Time

Episode#48: In My Own Time - (Song at 7.38 & 20.35) Sometimes the cliche of ‘a dark time in a life being the time where seeds can be planted and eventually grow into something new’....happens. This is what happened with In My Own Time. One dark night long ago, I wrote down exactly the thoughts that came into to my mind- stream of consciousness style. The music does reflect the mood of those words. But there's an underlying sort of uplifting lilt that comes through, almost despite myself. It...


I Wish

Episode #47: I Wish (Song at 5.44) If you had one thing you could wish for, what would it be? There are people that come into your life, sometimes very briefly, who just seem to have the words to say that are exactly what you need to hear at that time of your life. It's a knack these people have. They are generally great listeners. They don't say much, but what they do say is worth listening to. I think they are generally very empathetic people, they keep an eye open where they can help out...


To The Sea

Episode #46: To The Sea (Song at 8.15) In each episode, I attempt to give you an insight as to where the featured song came from, what it's about, etc. This episode’s song, however, is an elusive fish. It's more about the feeling. It's an 'observation' sort of a lyric, delving into deep archetypal sort of undercurrents that go on between male and female energies. It talks about the dance and dramas that seem to happen to most of us as we find way along in our lives, while keeping an eye out...


Girl Called Insomnia

Episode #45: Girl Called Insomnia (Song at 7.45) Hi there and welcome to another episode. This week I’ve done something different: I’ve found an episode I recorded quite early on in proceedings, which I forgot about. It was fascinating for me to listen back to an ‘old’ episode - there’s been much that I’ve changed, interns of presentation, energy, etc. But the thing is, the idea, the premise of providing entertainment, song analysis and funny stories was there at the start - and those key...


The View

Episode #44: The View (Song at 9:42sec) This week's song 'The View', is song #428 from my songbooks. It's one of 16 songs which were recorded in an afternoon. You would have to call them demos, but I called it an album and released 100 CDs once upon a time. Doing this episode now will push me on to re-releasing these songs on bandcamp as an 'archive' release. I've had a brief holiday but now I'm back and I'm juggling a fair bit. I'm Back into Gigging, painting a seascape, drawing a cartoon,...


Explain The Night

Episode #43: Explain the Night (Song at 4:40sec) Welcome along to another episode... Mr Piano Man here. I'm sitting at the piano (well it's hardly likely to be as sewing machine for a musical presentation) chatting as if to an intimate audience. This week we’re looking at a song called Explain The Night. I tell you exactly what inspired this song, I take you through the process, where the words come from, etc. I look at: each sentence, how it flowed on to the next; how the music came to be;...


Still The Same (Lucky Man)

Episode #42: Still the Same (Lucky Man) (Song at 4:22sec) Hi Folks, welcome to episode #42. The song kicks in at the 4mins-22seconds mark - but first…today I'll take you down to a Summer Music Festival in Mornington (Vic, Australia). I was hired to perform on the street. The first song I played, I made up on the spot, especially for a dachshund who was sitting you do. Still The Same (Lucky Man) was written in late Dec, 2017 - a time of year when we often reflect on the things...


Favourite Time

Episode #41: Favourite Time (Song at 7:50) Hi there. Welcome to the last podcast episode for 2020. This time, I'm not only talking about the song Favourite Time ( the 4th song I wrote ), but I'm also focussing on one of my favourite times in my life: whenever I find myself in the act of writing a song. It's like this: It sneaks up on me. One moment I'm just playing on the keys, the next I find something's come through my finger tips that something... that sounds like a song. It...


Mobile Phone

Episode #40: Mobile Phone (Song at 9:07) This week's song, song #520 was written in 2002 ! It's now 2020... And this is the year that Mobile Phone has finally been released! Same numbers in the year, just switched around a little… This is a social comment song. Generally I'm a glass half full sort of bloke, but I haven't got my head in the sand. As a songwriter, you are by nature an observer of human spirit. And this is topical this week, being nearly Christmas. I wish some of the...