How Do You Write a Song, Mark Knopfler?

11 Oct

You know Mark Knopfler. Dire Straits. Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Money for Nothing. And solo albums, too. A great songwriter. And that MarkKnopfler.10.10.13.crvoice. So distinctive, gruff yet honest. He mixes different styles and genres of music, blends them to make a sound that is his alone. Put together that voice, the lyrics, the melodies, the music, and he makes you feel what he feels.

But it’s that Mark Knopfler is one of the greatest guitarists on the planet. That’s how I consider him first and foremost. No doubt about it.

He came out with a new album last year, Privateering, which is finally being released here in the U.S. now. He told Rolling Stone that he’s more in love with writing songs than he’s ever been, and credits a sense of discipline that has developed with age … and that his perspective as a writer has definitely shifted over the years:

“I don’t know whether your heart ever necessarily changes, but time changes the way that you perceive the world, and you just hope it gives you more empathy and all those other things.”

Oh, so now Money for Nothing is in your head and it won’t stop? Yeah, try to get that guitar riff out of there. Better yet, don’t! You’re welcome.


Privateering: Mark Knopfler Official Website
Interview: Rolling Stone
Pic of Mark Knopfler performing in Barcelona, Spain: Miquel Benitez/Redferns via Getty Images


One Response to “How Do You Write a Song, Mark Knopfler?”

  1. Fiona Kernaghan October 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Kudos to that “sense of discipline that develops with age”! Nice post. :))

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