When I'm writing, I'm constantly thinking about myself, because it's the only experience I have to draw on. And I don't see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that's why the fans are there.— Chester Bennington
Satisfaction Writing Songs quotations
When I'm writing [songs], some days the pen just goes.
I'm not in charge and I'm almost listening outside of it. That's when I realize that we all have to start looking at life as a gift. It's like listening to a color and believing that these colors have soul mates and once you get them all together the painting is complete.
To take part in the African revolution, it is not enough to write a revolutionary song. You must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fashion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves.
You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart--your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it's why you were born.
I'm writing songs that connect to millions of people.
And that happens for a reason. I don't really worry too much about people who aren't into it because that's the beauty of music. It's subjective. If every single person in the world loved our music, then that'd be weird.
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining.
I could never be a country person, sitting around trees trying to write a song.
I would rather be in the middle of society, whether it's growing or crumbling.
Cooking is like painting or writing a song.
Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart.
When you write a song, most of the words you use are in black and white, and then, from time to time, you use one that’s in color. These words in color are a part of ourselves, because we give them a meaning. If you like, we give them a third dimension.
I want to write songs that are so sad, the kind of sad where you take someone's little finger and break it in three places.
It's not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society.
It's those who write the songs.
I'd written a lot of songs with hummingbirds in them.
None of them ever came to anything, but I did write a few lines last month. It went like this: 'Listen to the hummingbird whose wings you cannot see. Listen to the hummingbird, don't listen to me'.
We must begin to make what I call "conscious choices," and to really recognize that we are the same. It's from that place in my heart that I write my songs.
I said, other people can write songs, let's see if I can.
So the first 400 or 500 wound up on the floor somewhere. Then I wrote one called Melissa.
I'm not the kind of guy who sits around at home and writes songs.
Once in a while I'll pick up a guitar and noodle around, but it's rare.
But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good.
People shout out for songs and I don't even remember writing them.
I've always written songs that were confessional, acoustic, wordy - my writing style matches my personality. The music always has to match the mouth it comes out of.
Poetic justice, poetic justice.. if I told you that a flower bloom in a dark room would you trust it. I mean I write poems in these songs.
Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light.
And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color your not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song 'Cow.'
If prisons, freight trains, swamps, and gators don't get ya to write songs, man, y'ain't got no business writin' songs.
Writing songs is cheaper than going to therapy.
A lot of songs you write are just for exercise - just pencil sharpeners.
You've got to concentrate on the business of entertaining and writing songs.
Always think different from the next person. Don't ever do a song as you heard somebody else do it.
We wanted to write a whole song about partying and then taking Yellow Cabs home.
That's the weirdest topic we've ever thought of centering a song around.
Certain songs by hearing the rhythm, it tells you that is either a love song or you might be heartbroken or the songs give you the vibes and you just know that certain songs are militant that you have to write.
I probably spent more time listening to albums than writing songs.
But I think that gave me all the tricks in terms of wordplay, from how I pronounced my words to the actual delivery.
Writing songs is about trying to connect with people on a deeper spiritual level - but I'm not a fan of contemporary Christian music.
What I'm doing is basically the same as Bob Dylan did with folk songs and Woody Guthrie songs, the same as folk music's always done. I'm not going to sing about ploughing, but I'll write a song that sounds like it should be about ploughing.
It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do - write songs and sing them to people.
Writing songs out of my faith was a real natural progression.
I grew up singing in my dad's choir and singing with my family. Christian music became the music that I identified myself with and was a way that I expressed my faith. Even at a public school I would take my Christian music in and play it for my friends.
I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.
Most songs have meager beginnings. You wake up in the morning, you throw on your suspenders, and you subvocalize and just think. They seem to form like calcium. I can't think of a story right off the bat that was that interesting. I write things on the back of my hand, usually, and sing into a tape recorder.
We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics.
And if somebody writes a great song, it's timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there's going to be a real appreciation.
The truth is, I initially became a singer-songwriter while still in my teens because it was the only way to guarantee that somebody on earth would sing the songs I was writing. Since then, I've performed just about everywhere: rock clubs, concerts halls, arenas, TV.