Episode 14 – Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden

Songwriter, producer, drummer Narada Michael Walden sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about his work on pop hits like ‘How Will I Know’ (Whitney Houston); ‘We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off’ (Jermaine Stewart); ‘All American Girls’ (Sister Sledge); ‘Freeway of Love’ and ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ (Aretha Franklin); ‘Jump to the Beat’ (Stacy Lattisaw); ‘I Love Your Smile’ (Shanice); ‘Sweetness’ (Michelle Gayle); ‘You’re a Friend of Mine’ (Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne) and his solo work on songs like ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ and ‘Divine Emotions’.

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Episode 13 – Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

Seven time Grammy award winning jazz/pop artist Al Jarreau spends an hour with Simon and Brian talking about the writing of songs like ‘Boogie Down’, ‘Breakin’ Away’, ‘Mornin”, ‘Roof Garden’ and the theme from TV’s ‘Moonlighting’ among others. The trio are also joined by Al’s musical director, Joe Turano, who offers further insights into Al’s songwriting process.

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Episode 12 – Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of timeless songs like ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Yakety Yak’, ‘Love Potion No.9’ and ‘Stand By Me’ among others.

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Episode 11 – Neil Innes

Neil Innes

Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Monty Python and The Rutles joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about songwriting, comedy, children’s television, and the writing of unforgettable songs like ‘Death Cab for Cutie’, ‘How Sweet to be an Idiot’, ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’ and ‘Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik’ among others.

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Fangs for the sync!

Strippers vs Werewolves

Forthcoming grindhouse-style British horror comedy Strippers Vs. Werewolves starring Steven Berkoff, Robert Englund, Lysette Anthony and Sarah Douglas among others, prominently features several songs by Sodajerker on its soundtrack.

When werewolf chief Jack Ferris is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.

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Competition celebrating first 10 shows

To celebrate the first ten episodes of Sodajerker On Songwriting, we’re giving away some amazing books that feature our talented guests. You may have noticed that at the very end of each episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, we throw in a quote from a movie. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow these instructions.

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Episode 10 – Allee Willis

Allee Willis

Grammy award-winning songwriter and multimedia artist Allee Willis joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about songwriting and her fascinating career. Allee talks about her work on ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘September’, ‘In The Stone’, ‘Let Your Feelings Show’ (Earth, Wind & Fire); ‘I’ll Be There for You’ (the theme from Friends); ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ (Narada Michael Walden); ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This?’ (Pet Shop Boys); ‘Stir It Up’ (Patti LaBelle); ‘Neutron Dance’ (The Pointer Sisters) and more.

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Stop press: Sodajerker make the papers

More than 10,000 people have now downloaded episodes of Sodajerker On Songwriting since the podcast launched on iTunes. As a result, we’ve started getting some press, especially in Liverpool.  This story in the attached image ran Tuesday March 20th 2012 in a local Liverpool paper. It talks about the success of the show and gives some info about us.

If you haven’t yet heard the show, Sodajerker On Songwriting features interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, including Billy Steinberg (Like A Virgin, Eternal Flame, True Colors), Jimmy Webb (Wichita Lineman, MacArthur Park), Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, On Broadway), writer/producer Todd Rundgren and Andy Partridge of XTC among many others.

Thanks to all of our listeners and to those who have reported this story. We have some exciting guests in store for future episodes. You might also be interested to see that the story is running on the Liverpool Echo website as well.

Episode 9 – Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders

Blue Sky Riders

Kenny Loggins and Nashville greats Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr aka Blue Sky Riders join Simon and Brian for a conversation about their exciting new band and distinguished songwriting careers. Kenny also tells the stories behind some of his most celebrated songs including ‘I’m Alright’, ‘Footloose’, ‘This is It’ and ‘What a Fool Believes’.

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iTunes podcast homepage feature

iTunes feature

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has been supporting our songwriting podcast. We’re delighted to be very visible in the iTunes store at the moment with a nice promo from the folks at Apple UK and Europe. Our show Sodajerker On Songwriting has gone from strength to strength since launch, serving thousands of downloads of each episode to listeners all over the world.

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Episode 8 – Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge of XTC and The Dukes of Stratosphear joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of some of his greatest songs, including ‘Senses Working Overtime’, ‘Love on a Farmboy’s Wages’, ‘Ballet for a Rainy Day’, ‘Scarecrow People’ and ‘Brainiac’s Daughter’ among many others. With his guitar at hand, Andy talks Sodajerker through his writing process in a way only he can!

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A World Within You (demo)

Sodajerker demos
Here’s a demo from the vault that was captured one afternoon before we were working together under the name Sodajerker. It was 2008 and there was a great deal of discussion taking place about our hometown of Liverpool which had just begun its year long reign as European Capital of Culture. Brian and I gave ourselves the task of writing a song with the word Liverpool in it.

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