Archive for September, 2013

Out of ideas?

September 27, 2013

Running out of song ideas? Time to go beyond love songs and heartbreak songs.

Look around and write a song about what’s up in your world. It might be something happening in your immediate world, i.e. your new puppy, crazy boss, job search, a funny thing your toddler said, etc. Or consider things in the news, like Syria, Iran, the Fukushima leak, the Nats, the Navy Yard shootings, the Hillary for President movement, the Tea Party, or texting while driving.

If you have strong opinions about any of these, that would make a good subject for your next song. If some of these complex world events are just confusing, write about that.

Try this: Close your eyes (don’t do this while driving). Spin around a time or two. Write a song about the first thing you see when you open your eyes. Maybe it’s an empty coffee cup, an iPhone, a person, the horizon, whatever. It could turn out to be a silly song or you may be able to make the object a metaphor for something more serious.