“Smoke” by Stephanie Schmidt is a song she wrote that uses smoke as a metaphor for adversity in life.
Stephanie was inspired to write this song by a scene from the movie Angels and Demons where they mentioned smoke. She has been writing songs for about two years and has written around 35 songs. Stephanie finds that inspiration often hits when she is emotionally overwhelmed and when she needs to get something off her chest. Stephanie is inspired by singers such as the members of Celtic Thunder, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Damien Rice. Steph has also been inspired by the lyrics of Liz Rose, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Stevie Nicks.
Fun fact about Stephanie, she owns eight instruments (most of which she hoards in her dorm room). She owns a ukulele, an electric acoustic guitar, an acoustic guitar, a 12 string guitar, a piano, a keyboard, a bodrahn (a small Irish drum), and a violin! She is trying to teach herself all of them. When she isn’t writing songs, she is acting, singing, stage managing, and totally geeking out over Harry Potter. Making people laugh is also one of her hobbies. Despite what is going on in her life, she always takes the time to care for others first. Stephanie also enjoys reading poetry; she absolutely loves reading Shakespeare's sonnets.
She very rarely go into a song with a particular rhyme scheme in mind. Normally, she writes the first two lines and sees what rhyme scheme the song seems to want. This is a very natural way to discover an interesting rhyme scheme while writing. Rather than simply trying to stick words into a box of an ABAB format.
I asked Stephanie, “Would it be fair to call your songs poems, if you don’t have specific music in mind while writing them?”
She responded by saying,
“I don't always write songs without music in mind. There are occasions where I write songs with a predetermined melody. I have 10 songs that have been put to music. That being said, I believe it is fair to call the songs I write, that aren't put to music, poems because to me, poetry is the equivalent of songs without music. Both poetry and songs portray an emotion that sticks with you”.
One of her favorite quotes about music is from a song called “Dancing” by Elisa: “Music is the reason why I know time still exists.”
Stephanie is a great musician and a passionate songwriter. She endows her songs with plenty of thought and emotion, and always strives to dig deeper.