© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
A Pictou County songwriter is garnering laurels as well as laughs for a song he wrote in 2009.
Lloyd MacHardy’s song “Won’t you help me Dr. Phil,” just recently won the prize for the humour entries in the West Coast Songwriters International Contest. It has also won him a Malibu Music Award in the humour category.
The chorus goes like this: Oh won’t you help me Dr. Phil. My wife says I’m over the hill. She thinks I could still give her a thrill if I would take that blue Viagra pill. Oh tell me what to do Dr. Phil.”
MacHardy said he first recorded the song in 2009 at a songwriting event he was at in Toronto. As a participant in the workshop he was given an hour recording time as well to make a demo. The recording artist liked the song so much though, he gave him an extra hour to perfect it.
“When you have a good song you have to put the time in,” the man said.
Since then, MacHardy said the song has attracted attention throughout North America and has resulted in a fair bit of royalties for him.
He said he doesn’t really know how the song developed.
“I don’t sit down primarily to write a song. They just happen,” he said. “If I get an idea I’ll write a couple lines down and then sometime I’ll be looking at something and the whole song will fall into place.”
In addition to performances both locally and in the U.S. he’s had his songs fall among the finalists in the CBC songwriting contest which was held in the ‘80s.
“It’s a good song if people like it,” he said.