So yeah; it's been awhile. Sorry about that. We've been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!!
Since so many of you faithful listeners have been requesting MORE episodes (and getting fewer), we decided to record 2 whole shows worth of material in one go. The first half will comprise this episode and the second will be released in two weeks as EP 41. Fair enough?
We have a bunch of cool news and announcements to share as well as lots of of hints and innuendo. Randy finally makes his bid for the "big leagues" with a Sammy Kershaw cut, Steve MAYBE has a TV appearance in the works (non-music related... except perhaps for the theme song)... and OTHER STUFF!
Grab your cold beverage of choice and pull up a comfy chair (NO! Not the COMFY CHAIR!!!) and listen in as:
Steve talks a bit about MUSIC PUBLISHING; an extremely important and yet very misunderstood parts of a songwriting career in NOTES AND BOLTS
Randy's UNDER THE MICROSCOPE segment teaches us a valuable life lesson... DON'T BLINK!
We celebrate ALLEE WILLIS DAY in the LEGENDARY SONGWRITER SALUTE. Allee is one of Steve's favorite songwriters, responsible for millions of units sold and probably best known for her EARTH WIND & FIRE smash SEPTEMBER ("Do you remember the twenty-first night of September..."); as well as BOOGIE WONDERLAND (also EWF), NEUTRON DANCE (Pointer Sisters), WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS (Pet Shop Boys) and I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU (The Rembrandts and the theme from FRIENDS) among others. Be looking for a future episode devoted to Allee soon...
Randy discusses what must be a truly amazing woman; one who inspired at least two all-time classic rock songs in YOU THINK YOU KNOW
We make a pitch for the TENNESSEE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL (TENNESSEE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION); an organization that any songwriter would benefit from membership in. There's no better way to have direct access to Nashville publishers and producers who want to hear YOUR demos. The yearly dues are cheap too!!!
We play not one, but TWO LISTENER SUBMISSION songs: PARADISE MOTEL by JAMESTOFFEE CONRAD and BOTTLE OF SUNSHINE by THE WINDOWPANES featuring Superfan PAULIE COCONUTS!!!
Then stay tuned as do answer a pile of emails, give a load of "shout outs" and close the show with the song that started it all: "40" by none other than "Nashville" Steve Rempis
Sorry for the delay in posting this episode; life has gotten mighty hectic down here in Nashville as of late. Hopefully this interview will have been well worth the wait.
We've always made a point of trying to feature songwriters from as many backgrounds and genres as possible, and we're extremely pleased to bring you an hour with our first verifiable SOUTHERN GOSPEL LEGEND!
She's the "other" DW: DIANNE WILKINSON!!! This gal has had well over 100 cuts in her illustrious career, and is known for having penned some of the most powerful and endearing gospel songs ever committed to tape (as well as vinyl, plastic and sheet music).Additionally, she's a fascinating character with a rich history and an amazingly positive perspective on life, faith, and music.
So kids, you know how we're always telling y'all that we want your feedback and suggestions? That this show is all about YOU, our faithful listeners? That we love each and every one of you and value your opinions? Well, the proof is at hand: an episode detailing the creation of an original song (in this case, the very first Rempis-Finchum composition) as per your request.
Of all the emails we've received; we've gotten more requests to talk about our colaborations, to write a song "on-air" (such as it is), or to collaborate with a listener. This episode will satisfy all the above, as Randy was still "just" a listener himself when we started this collaboration.
So grab a tall glass of milk and a graham cracker (or whatever) and listen as we discuss the creation of "SHOULDA SHOT STRAIGHT" by Steve Rempis and Randy Finchum.
Notes and Bolts A "How-To" segment with tips and "rules" for song construction; things to do and to avoid.
Legendary Songwriter Salute A mini-biography of a great songwriter, either well-known or less so; including a list of their best-known works.
Under the Microscope Looking at and dissecting hit songs to see what made them "tick".
What the @#%$&!? We'll discuss a song that was an inexplicable hit; despite being so embarrassingly bad that few admit to ever liking or owning it. I'm expecting this to become one of our most popular segments, and lots of laughs!
Steve's Phone Steve will choose a recording from his collection of cell phones (and primary songwriting notepads) to discuss and expand on. You the listeners can help determine which ideas Steve should work on and which he should forget!
Local Scene Report This will be where The COMMERCIAL SUICIDE SONGWRITING PODCAST will to do our part to help out in the Nashville Songwriter scene. We'll include upcoming events and where to find local open-mic and songwriter nights and rounds.
Marie's Academic Moment Marie shares a piece of wisdom gained from her recent attendance at a HIT SONGWRITING course.
The CSSP Mailbag We'll review all the emailed suggestions, criticisms, comments etc. received since the last episode.