Where do you get your ideas for original songs ?

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  1. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

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    I made one in the shower, doing a twist rock and roll song rhymes in french.
    It has been recorded.

    Otherwise, from stuffs i read, or from stuffs i hear, and i am thinking, this could cool to do a weird 3/3 song like a carnival kind of feel.

    I don't think i have made up a purely original one. Always inspired by something, or a pun, and distorded enough so that you couldn't think of it as, hey, i have heard that before. Or maybe i was doing a complete rip off and didn't notice it.
     
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    From other peoples' songs.
     
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    I grab ‘m when they float around my head
     
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    Same here. I will think about it, forget about it, think about it, and then forget again. And maybe if i can remember it again, and write it down, it might turn into something.
     
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    All kinds of different ways. Sometimes I'll come up with a couple of lines of lyrics, I'll have a melody stuck in my head and I'll work it out on guitar and then write lyrics later, I'll have a subject that I feel the need to say something about and I'll write out all the lyrics before I have music, I'll hear someone say something and I'll say to myself, "Hey, that's cool" and start writing a song based on that.
     
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    From anywhere when something hits me. My latest from a bumper sticker. I've used quotes from my great grandmother as a catalyst.
    There was a patch in my past where I spent time "living among the natives" which has greatly informed my honky tonk stuff. The choices of ordinary folks can seem profound or profane (or both) when brought before society. Stories should be told.
    Be looking, be listening.
     
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    Most of my stuff sounds like a cross between Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera, STP, and Pink Floyd. Somehow. One song I put on a recent CD sounded exactly like a song I have never even heard before, but a friend of mine played it for me and showed me the similarities. Usually, I know who I'm ripping off.
     
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    From either a new guitar:), or abject interpersonal misery:cry:.
    I haven’t been miserable in a good long while.
    I have acquired several guitars lately.
    No new tunes.
    Hmmmm.
    Maybe I need to shake the new guitars harder?:p
     
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    A line I hear or think up usually becomes a lyric, which becomes a melody, which becomes a song.

    The music comes from riffs I stumble across or think up, or from my inability to accurately play someone else’s riffs, solos or rhythms (my mistakes will evolve into a new song).
     
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    Let's just say the ideas come easier if I'm standing up.
     
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    It's always when I am learning a new song or riff and I happen to gravitate toward a certain progression or melody and I can't help but start experimenting with other directions to take it. Of course, 99% of the time, I never end up learning the song or riff! Also, I often will build stuff off of original stuff (I know, sounds redundant).
     
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    I've notebooks of bits, sometimes a word, often a rhyming pair or couplet, sometimes a page or two of scribbled writing, small scraps of paper gather there. These go back over 40 years to when I was a kid. When I need a new lyric, I flick through a book and add fresh ideas to certain lines, gather and merge different strains, then write and expand into a messy concept. Then a first draft gets copied out of that....the next days usually bring refinement, but often the first take is the best.
    Unfortunately, about 10 years ago the van I was travelling with, got broken into at an Area di Servizio autostradale near Venice, and some **** stole my bag with three note books in it I had taken to muse over on my journeys.
    Luckily/strangely that was all they took, as there where several hundred-thousand €uros worth of violins in there.
     
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    Same here again ! and spot on/
     
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    From life and living,from misery,boredom,fear,happiness and everything in between.

    From a phrase in a book,or a single word at the right time.

    Life is great for lyrical content and a daw is great for catching a musical idea to develop another time.

    Don't let anything go,everything can be made to work.

    When the songs cease,so will life.
     
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    I've never written a thing in my life, completely uncreative here, jealous of anyone who can write even a line!
     
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    Mostly from licks and riffs i have played, and also from others songs as well, sometimes even messing around with different scales and then hearing ideas in my head from them.
     
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    I use kitch sayings like....a bird in the hand. Thats usually the chorus then verses come in to define the issue. Here i started with “ ive got all i need”. A bit country but. Nothing ground breaking just a simple song.


    IVE GOT ALL I NEED
    by Greg Lewis

    G C G C G C G


    VERSE

    G C G
    You think he sees right thru you
    G C G
    Always asks how you are
    G C G
    When he’s thinking of his own desires
    G C D
    He’s just riding his own star.


    CHORUS

    C D
    All sweetness grace
    C D
    It’s his stock in trade
    C D
    Hell steal your heart
    G F# Em
    thinks he’s got you made
    C D G
    You say Ive got all i need
    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need

    VERSE

    G C G
    he’s got a deal just for you
    G C G
    It’s all about tomorrow And time.
    G C G
    Don’t let them call you out
    G C D
    or fool you with a sigh


    CHORUS
    C D
    All sweetness grace
    C D
    It’s his stock in trade
    C D
    Hell steal your heart
    G F# Em
    thinks he’s got you made
    C D G
    You say Ive got all i need
    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need


    VERSE
    G C G
    living in a maze of mirrors
    G C G
    steal your head and your light
    C D G F# Em
    Tell Them they’ve got nuthin for you
    G C D
    I’ve got all I need

    CHORUS
    C D
    All sweetness grace
    C D
    It’s his stock in trade
    C D
    Hell steal your heart
    G F# Em
    thinks he’s got you made itll make you old
    C D G
    You say Ive got all i need
    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need


    BRIDGE
    Em C D E F C D


    Em C D E
    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

    F C D
    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE

    CHORUS
    C D
    All sweetness grace
    C D
    It’s his stock in trade
    C D
    Hell steal your heart
    G F# Em
    thinks he’s got you made
    C D G
    You say Ive got all i need
    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need

    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need


    C
    all i need
    G
    all i need
    C
    all i need
    C D
    all i need
     
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    You may be surprised what lurks unnoticed in your head,until you go looking for it!
     
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    All of the above, plus using lines that I misunderstand in songs I'm listening to. I realize that wasn't what they were singing at all and say, "Mine!"
     
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    I'm just getting started in the process and I'm in a songwriting workshop where we write one song per week based on some guidelines that are intended to stretch you in different ways. So far, the "seed" material has mostly been little lines that I hear or read somewhere, then I decide what the song is gonna be about. Helps to have my acoustic with me when writing words even if the chord progression ends up different than the original. This week I'm working on a song, the inspiration for the chorus came from something somebody wrote in their Reverb listing....
     
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