Steemit Open Mic Week 103: Original Music — Thick Walled Tender Heart

in openmic •  last year  (edited)

This is a bluesy tune with a little country in it, and it is a lot of fun to sing. The idea came up in a chat with @yidneth on my last open mic post, Time to Fade, and I went and wrote a song that was sparked from that comment thread.

Thanks for the inspiration, Pris!

I put on my sexy-new-rock-n-roll shirt and some shades for this one. Fun, fun, fun!


Thick Walled Tender Heart

This thick-walled tender heart’s got too many cracks
I try to cage my love but it comes rushing back
Through slices of canyons, ravines in my chest
It lights me on fire from my feet to my breasts

And baby the way this rolls through me I know you understand
But to let my walls down all the way I just don’t think I can

‘Cause I’ve got all the trust issues,
Want me count ‘em off?
I’ve got self-doubt in spades
And a mind that won’t stop

I’ve got emotions that surf every monster swell
I try to stay calm—sometimes I do it well
But when I fall apart holy fuck what a ride
Let me patch up this wall, keep that shit inside

This thick-walled tender heart’s got too many cracks
Put some holes in the walls myself tryin’ to get back
To a place where I can trust myself and more
Sometimes I fly in the sky, sometimes I’m on the floor

But the lightning that crashes from my heart through my veins
Makes me wanna blast the walls down just to hear you say my name
But then I’d have no shield, probly go up in flames
And I’m afraid…

‘Cause I’ve got all the trust issues,
Want me count ‘em off?
I’ve got self-doubt in spades
And a mind that won’t stop

I’ve got emotions that surf every monster swell
I try to stay calm—sometimes I do it well
But when I fall apart holy fuck what a ride
Let me patch up this wall, keep that shit inside

This thick-walled tender heart’s got too many cracks
I try to cage my love but it comes rushing back
Through slices of canyons, ravines in my chest
It lights me on fire from my feet to my breasts

This thick-walled tender heart’s got too many cracks

Original songwriting by Katrina Ariel.


Heres the original chat that sparked this song:

yidneth and I chatting

Sometimes it’s hard to navigate life feeling alive. It can get so intense you just want to tone down the feelings sometimes… find some escape.

A lot of us have built walls up around our hearts to protect from the scary world, and especially from intimacy. But a hardened heart hides life within, love and wildness and joy and creativity that wants to get out.

And all the other stuff. Oh yeah, all that other stuff.

When you open the walls to let the good stuff flow, the other stuff comes up for love too. Acknowledgement. All that baggage just wants to be understood, right? The scary stuff comes roaring, but it’s just this part of the soul that wants someone to say, yeah that happened, but you’re okay. Just as you are. Stop worrying about it.


Don’t mind me while I do some self-counseling freeform in my post, eh? Just an artist’s wacky mind at work, here for the world to see. That’s scary, though. So I got some shades to wear under my hat, so I can have the illusion of hiding while I sing.



I hope you enjoyed the song. Maybe you got a laugh out of my stream of consciousness. Maybe you can relate a little.

Thanks so much for listening!

Whatever happens, keep singing your song!

Peace. @katrina-ariel

Katrina Ariel
Photos mine unless otherwise credited.

Author bio: Katrina Ariel is an old-soul rebel, musician, tree-hugging yogini, and mama bear to twins. Author of Yoga for Dragon Riders (non-fiction) and Wild Horse Heart (romance), she's another free-spirit swimming in the ocean of Steem.

dragon art: Liiga Smilshkalne



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Congratulations! In my opinion you're very talented. This music is not really my style but your voice is special, I think no matter what you sing, your voice is that will always be remembered. It happens to me sometimes that can't remember the lyrics of the song but the voice stuck in my head. Your voice is like that. Keep up the good work!

Yes, sometimes a voice will stay with you. I know what you mean. Thank you so much for the comment!

  ·  last year (edited)

Will listen to this tomorrow, Katrina! ❤️
EDIT: I listened to it during PYPT, so I guess I’ll read the lyrics tomorrow XD. Lovely performance.

Thank you! So glad to see you on PYPT. :)

They may look like cuts but they are like the heart-chain of life. Loving aint always easy and its the loving that counts, I wouldn't lose a single crack or cut, to have an untarnished heart.

^^ THIS! Well said, Jan. Thank you!

Oh I do love to hear you sing and I love the lyrics, they really resonate with me. Well done beautiful and you are rocking that new top xxxx

Aw, thank you! Yeah, I know I'm not the only one with a thick-walled tender heart. Glad you liked the song, and my new top. I don't get to go shopping for rock-star clothes very often. ;)

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Oh YAY! Thank you so much! Big love to all the Curie crew. Your support is most appreciated. 💞💞💞

Your original song is great .. !! I really liked your performance, you play the guitar very well and your voice is very beautiful, many luck in this friend contest, a big hug @ katrina-ariel.. !!

Thank you kindly! :)

@katrina-ariel if you sing beautifully the theme you chose well I love the things you do with love at least you sang with a lot of love a unique talent I will learn from you since I also like to sing you can teach me to sing with so much beautiful love the presentation you did in open mic @neymarth10 I hope you win the contest you should win but I am not the witness of this contest love and faith

Not only that I enjoyed listening to your beautiful voice, I also loved the song and the lyrics! As for the outfit, you're my rock star! Congrats on the Curie upvote!

Thank you so much, my friend! If I'm your rock star, you're part of my heart. 'Cause a rock star is only as good as the people who enjoy their music. 💖

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Thanks for sharing your free-spirited poetry and music here! It seems like emotions, melodies and words are pouring out of you. Is the process of creating a song complicating to you?

@katrina-ariel Congratulations on your beautiful and tender voice. You sing with a great passion. I also like your shirt with the cute model on the front. What a great job for this contest with this song interpreted in a great and magical way. Good luck in this contest. A big greeting. Your hat has a very beautiful color and suits you very well. Great shot.

  ·  last year (edited)

Thank you for sharing your song with us @katrina-ariel. I love how your voice moves into falsetto, back and forth throughout the song and the strumming definitely gave it a country feel :) I can relate to this, my thick-walled of tender heart is probably thin-walled and has many cracks, some got patched up and healed, some still there but am learning to patch them quickly when it starts to crack. It takes quite an effort but when there is a will, there is a way? :) Love your top and hat (both the video with the feather and the purple/pink furry one) :)

This is splendid and beautiful as well it's definitely a little bit like Country because you sounded like it and looked like it, dark shades and a lovely hat to match.
sometimes we don't know where inspirations comes from but we embrace it lovingly and pour our heart out.
I love the song really, that acoustic guitar did justice to your voice, and this is totally splendid. Cheers I love this.

What a kind comment! Thank you very much. So glad you enjoyed the song, and my hat and shades as well. ;)

Hey @katrina-ariel, thank you for sharing your song, it is an unique talent to compose and be able to sing and also to accompany with guitar, one man performance that is a feature of a talented person. It is a fun how you came up with the idea of text from the comments simple but creative too. Great that you have such good friends supporting you too, wish you success and hope to hear from you soon,

Cheers, from art-supporting blog @art-venture


Thank you so much! Really appreciate you taking the time to write such a kind comment. I wish you the best of success as well!

I like how you present yourself. You look so cool. Sunglasses, cowboy hat and a guitar. You have a lovely voice do you know that? If i want to pick something to comment, is only the sound system not good. How long it took you to composed this song? I love the lyrics and how you present it with guitar. and the lyrics was so meaningful. All the best in your contest.

Thank you! And you're right, I need a mic and a way to record that sounds better than my iphone. lol! I wrote this song in a day. Glad you liked the song and the outfit. :)

You just looked cool in that outfit. I have to say it again ;) And you sang very well. Yes, i enjoyed and love it very much.


Thanks for having a contest that motivates me to keep writing songs! I 💖 Open Mic!

Hello Katrina!

Your song is too awesome!
The presence is some kinda rock-star!
I like the outfit and the music.

This thick-walled tender heart’s got too many cracks

Is that a cemented wall? lol

Thank you very much! heh... I think part of it is cemented, part of it is stone, and a lot of it is patched together with whatever else I can find. Spiderwebs of memories n' stuff. ;)

  ·  last year (edited)

Lots of stuffs Katrina!
Why got too many cracks? lol
Don't let those cracks fall your tender heart apart.
Patched it with love!

Patch it with love... good advice!

Thank you!
Yeah, patch it with love!
But I got a wrong grammar there on my comment. I used 'patched'instead of 'patch' lol

We're on the same page now that you got them "passion-ground" shades on, girlfriend...
Good on Pricilla - she steered you in the right direction...

Thank you! Yes, the shades might be here to stay. ;) Glad you like 'em.