We met up with fine singer/songwriter Stina to talk about her single Tonite, out next month on BritishPopSongs.
A real nice song you have for us, how did it come about?
Writing songs is always an interesting process that begins with a basic idea and then develops from there in ways that I could never have imagined. I picked an overall theme which everyone can relate to – love – and then I offered my personal view on it. I wanted to put a piece of myself into the song and at the same time leave space for people to interpret it in a way that is meaningful to them. With that in mind I just started humming melodies and singing random words to it and at some point then the word tonite appeared in a chorus line and the chorus was more or less built around that word. The chorus of the song turned out really strong and powerful so I have tried to simplify the verses to make it stand out even more. I tend to use a lot of words to describe emotions, situations and people and I am so into the details, but with this song I challenged myself to keep it very simple. And I actually think that this simplicity has made the song more powerful.
Tonite when love is strong? explain?
Tonite is a song about love but it is not a love song in the traditional way. If you dig a little deeper into the meaning of the words, this song deals with one of the most essential aspects of human nature. In all of us there is this wish to be seen and loved for who we truly are. Everything we do is motivated by that underlying wish to be loved. Love is such a paradox. It is at the core of everything. Nothing and none of us would exist without it and yet everybody seems to be searching for it, right? And when we feel that we have found it we try to hold on to it. But the thing is that love is not something you get. It is something you give. You always had it and you always will have it. And you’ve got so much that you can give all you want and never run dry. Sometimes it can seem like love is not there, but it is only an illusion created in our minds. It can never not be there. Knowing all of this, I still find myself wondering about love and trying to figure it out. When love is strong between two people, is also when we can feel the most weak and vulnerable. That’s another side of the paradox. My personal experience is that the more I try to understand love with my mind the further away it seems to be. And the more I try to hold on to it when I feel it, the bigger the risk of losing that feeling. On the contrary, I’ve found that the more I can let go of wanting love, the more love I feel. And it is not limited to being in love with another person. It’s everywhere. That is what the song is about. How it feels when love is so strong and unconditional that it can no longer be understood intellectually but can only make sense to the heart. I know it’s a big mouthful, and at the end of the day I just hope that the song will inspire people to give more love to others and stop running around chasing it like it wasn’t there already.
You a showcasing a sound that is very much your own, what other female artists do you listen to?
As many as I can. And I am inspired by many different styles of music as well. The list is long and includes artists like Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Jewel, Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Debbie Harris, Dixie Chicks, Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple.
You have a few more singles coming up, tell about them…
Yes, that’s right. I wrote two other songs at the same time as I wrote Tonite. They are being finalized as we speak. One is a pop ballad – I like to think of it as a lullaby – and the other one is a little reminder that we can always turn inside to find peace and silence when the World seems a out of control. Without revealing too much here, I’d say that you can expect to hear something that is “very much my own style” and quite unique sounding.