Steve Moakler Appreciation Life

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What Steve’s Thinking About As He Write Songs

There are a lot of seemingly glamorous, romantic, and powerful effects that can be associated with writing songs. And if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s difficult to not be distracted by these possible results/effects; such as being known as cool, sexy, influential, popular etc. While there is nothing wrong with naturally becoming any of these things, it’s important that they are far away from the reasons “why” we write. 

Songwriting is a process of giving, not receiving. It is the giving of yourself and your time to a craft. Say what you have to say, not what you think people would like to hear you say. Write about things that matter to you. As writers, I believe our best songs are the ones that expose us. Share your humor, your scars, your thoughts, and your story. We all want to experience and witness something authentic. 

Also, don’t be afraid of structure and form. There is a reason that so many of our favorite songs play by the same rules. It’s the same reason that most of our favorite foods only have so many ingredients, and why great books and movies usually have a familiar “beginning, middle, and end” that we anticipate. Don’t see formulas and structures as enemies of authenticity; see them as the channels to communicate through.

I once heard someone describe songwriting like pulling water from a well. The water becomes clearer and purer as you pull from it. Don’t be discouraged if your early songs are a little muddy. Time and honest devotion will refine you. Allow music to be its own reward.


will-work-for-music:

when the songs stay on your heart/in your head/on your lips, even when the tune stops playing, that’s how you know an album is special (+ more). thank you, steve moakler! #notevenaweekold

will-work-for-music:

when the songs stay on your heart/in your head/on your lips, even when the tune stops playing, that’s how you know an album is special (+ more). thank you, steve moakler! #notevenaweekold


"i’ve got you to love, i’ve got you to hold me/my own Cinderella living in my story/and i can’t put it down, i can’t get enough/so if you see me smiling it’s because/i’ve got you to love"

will-work-for-music:

- steve moakler

any other longtime fans smile when you first heard him sing the name Cinderella? if you look back to the early days (ahem..first record), i think you’ll see why. ;)

:)


—— On Your Side

viewtoadmire:

On Your Side // Steve Moakler


sabrinaurbano:

"Run" - Steve Moakler (cover)


sabrinaurbano:

Satellite - Steve Moakler (cover)


pfjappaco:

Theologically-Correct Songs #5:

I’ll be the protector of your heart,

on the front lines of your guardian angels.

We will build our love upon a rock.

We will not fear but trust in times of danger.

My soul, my soul, my soul can breathe in your love.

I know, I know, I come alive in your touch and I won’t let go.

It will take a lifetime to know all of the love I have to give you.

And you my love will be my great companion.

Through the storms our love will never rust.

It will shine like the morning, and unveil a story,

of something so much bigger than us.

And when the darkness tries to shake us.

There won’t be nothing that can break us,

I won’t let go of what I promised you,

my steady heart will follow through, find rest.



❝the hand holds on while the heart is letting go❞
(—— Moakler (via tobemistaken))

tmsalyer:

Sorry Dierks…but I like the original better. #RISER

So if you didn’t know…behind a lot of pop and country hits are songwriters with the original sounds of the song.

I got to hear Steve Moakler’s song at Tin Pan on Tuesday. So awesome!

AMEN !