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Month: January 2020 (Page 1 of 2)

The BIG List Of Songwriting Prompts And Lyric Generators

Take it from me, there will be times when you’ll need a little bit of help in getting your songwriting process underway.

It’s inevitable…

But when this happens to you, be comforted by the fact that there are free online songwriting tools available that are able to get your creative juices flowing again.

As a songwriter who comes up with musical ideas much more easily than lyrical ones, I use these online random word generators and (song) writing prompts whenever I find myself in a situation where I’m fresh out of songwriting ideas.

I know from personal experience that from time to time a prompt such as a good song title or a few well chosen lines overheard in a conversation can be all that’s needed to open the floodgates of inspiration.

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d do some online research into these types of songwriting tools.

Some are fairly serious and some are humorous but if you have a look at them all you’ll find some value in these sites I’m sure so here is the BIG List Of Songwriting Prompts And Lyric Generators for you to enjoy and be inspired by…


Song Lyric Generators

Song Title/Band Name Generators

(Song) Writing Prompts


You’ll notice that some of these tools are a bit tongue in cheek but there are also some songwriting tools that are seriously good. Either way, by using these tools it’s my hope that you’ll take your creativity to places you’ve never imagined as much as I have by using them.

I’d be interested to hear how you go with any of these. If you come across any other songwriting tools that you feel will help anyone with their songwriting process, feel free to let me know about it.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

33 Ways To Stimulate Creative Thinking

I don’t know who originally compiled this but I came across this list called 33 Ways To Stay Creative via mymodernmet.com.

It’s fantastic reading and what a great way to stimulate some creative thinking into your songwriting process…

I think the way that rule #24 is treated is a nice touch.

Which of these rules gravitate with you? Do you have any other rules that you could add to this list? Let me know.

Until next time, keep on creating,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Check out the original link: 33 Ways To Stay Creative

Songwriting Process: Oblique Strategies With Brian Eno

Here is a very interesting video I found recently of one of my favourite musicians and sound artists of all time, Brian Eno being interviewed by Jools Holland in 2001.

In the video, Eno talks about the concept of his Oblique Strategies cards and how they can be of immense help to songwriters, performers, studio musicians and even brain surgeons.

Speaking about brain surgeons check out what happens at around the two minute mark. It’s very, very funny and a great example of how Oblique Strategies works.

Would you use these cards as part of your songwriting process? I would give them a go.

I did a quick Google search and here are some places online where you can find and use Eno’s oblique strategies…

Enjoy the video…

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros

If you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of information online about how to write a song. Some of that information is pretty light on the detail and heavy on the SEO (search engine optimization), while others are of a very good standard.

However, one of the best articles I’ve come across so far on the subject is an article that appears on the Ditto website called How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros.

Ditto is an online music distributor that helps artists sell their music online through iTunes, Spotify and many, many other outlets so I would imagine that their knowledge about how to write a song or two would be very high to say the least.

As the article says…

Writing a song with unforgettable melodies and creative lyrics can be challenging. Even the most experienced songwriters go through writer’s block at some point in their career, and there are many different approaches to songwriting. Here are 10 helpful songwriting tips, each backed up by quotes from some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Personally, I found their list of ten songwriting tips to be very beneficial to my own songwriting process. The tips make sense and flow on from each other but the one tip that really stood out for me was the last one…

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

Now, there’s a real lesson to be learnt for all of the perfectionists out there (me included).

Read the article and see if you can add your own songwriting tips to the list provided. Also, let me know what those tips are either through making a comment below or by contacting me.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Link: How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros

Songwriting – Making The Time To Write Songs Is Essential

I think most songwriters will say that the hardest thing about writing songs is finding the time to write and as we live in a world that tells us we have no time to do anything, how do we overcome this?

We overcome this situation by not buying into the fact that we have no time to write.

I think it was Zig Ziglar who once said that a “…lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

Every day, through every type of media, we’re bombarded with words and images promoting the latest time saving device or yet another solution to the “problem” of life just being way too busy.

It seems that society is cleverly turning us into obsessive time freaks and for what? So we can be sold the latest and greatest time saving device?

Now, I realise that this is a blog post about the gentle art of writing songs, not a forum about the ills of our western world but I wanted to give you all a bigger picture of what we, as songwriters, are up against.

Making time to write songs is essential for being a songwriter.

The trick is to know that it doesn’t matter how much time you devote to your craft, but that you at least devote some of your time to your craft every single day.

Let’s do some simple math shall we…

So, starting from today, January 25th 2020, if you devoted one hour a day to your songwriting, by the end of the year you will have have spent 341 hours honing your songwriting craft.

That’s 14 days and 5 hours of continuous songwriting time. How many songs do you reckon could you write in that time?

Or, let’s be even more generous. Even if you devoted just 30 minutes everyday, you’d still have a little over a week of continuous songwriting time at your fingertips.

Making time to do anything requires some sort of an evaluation of what you’re doing with your time right now. Ask yourself the question “What am I doing now that can be let go of or, made more efficient so I can fit in my songwriting?” 

Now, the answer to that question is going to be different for everyone but the way you come to that answer is pretty much the same for everybody.

Try this exercise, do a time audit.

For the next seven days (say, start on a Monday), write down everything that you do plus the times you do them. I’m talking about when you get up, when you go to work, go to sleep, have meals, watch television and everything else in-between.

To make this time audit work it’s important to be brutally honest with yourself here.

By the end of the seven days, you should be able to see some activity patterns emerge. Maybe you need to stop watching TV so much or get up an hour earlier to fit some songwriting into your day.

Once you can see your life from a different perspective, it’s easier to make the changes needed. If you start making the time to write now, the rewards will become self evident down the track.

What do you think you can do to free up some time to write more songs? Let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 3)

Here is the final part of the three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musicians Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

In this third part of this songwriting tips series, you’ll be reading pearls of wisdom from the following songwriters…

  • Neil Finn
  • Ben Harper
  • Rick Neilsen
  • Liz Phair
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Ray Davies
  • Richie Havens
  • Richard Thompson

The songwriting tips gleaned from the above list is a great way to supercharge your songwriting. I know I’ve learnt a few things from immersing myself in this series.

Have you? If you have then please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 3 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 2)

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, here is part two of a three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

You will find pearls of wisdom from the hearts and minds of the following songwriters…

  • Paul Westerberg
  • Chris Cornell
  • Neil Finn
  • Ray Davies
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Chris Whitley

Now there is a fine list of songwriters to get inspired from so enjoy part two of Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers and as always, if anything resonates with you then leave a comment or, let me know and we can have a chat about it

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 2 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 1)

There’s something about hearing songwriting tips from other songwriters (especially one who have a hit or two under their belt) that really hit home to me the importance of treating my own songwriting as a craft above anything else.

One of my favourite blogs is the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog (they do a great podcast too) and they have a three part series called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers on offer.

The premise of the three part series is this…

To help you improve your songwriting chops, we’ve enlisted the aid of several well-known songwriters, most of whom have been lucky enough to strike that mystical connection with the public. Feel free to, ahem, “borrow” a few of their ideas to use as foundations for your own songs.

Here is part one. I’ll put up parts two and three in the next couple of days

I hope you enjoy these songwriting tips as much as I have. If any really resonate with you then let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 1 – DIY Musician Blog

6 Reasons Why Failure Is Your Friend in Songwriting

For all of the triumphs that you will experience as a songwriter, there are going to be a lot more failures along your songwriting journey. It’s just a part of life and this is beautifully explained in Cliff Goldmacher’s article Why Failure Is Your Friend In Songwriting.

In his article he starts of by stating that baseball is sometimes described as a “game of failure” but he also goes on to say…

Well, using that same math, songwriting, too, is a game of failure where the greatest songwriters who have ever lived have had success with only a tiny, tiny proportion of the songs they write. Given that this is the case, it might be worth your while to make failure your friend since, as a songwriter, you’ll be keeping pretty steady company.

He also outlines the six reasons why as a songwriter, failure is your friend.

  • It thickens your skin
  • You’re putting yourself out there
  • You’re learning
  • It strengthens your resolve
  • It keeps you humble
  • You appreciate success more

Read the article and let me know if you feel an affinity with anything on the list. As for me, I really gravitate towards the appreciating success reason.

What other reason should songwriters be friends with failure? It’s an interesting topic of conversation.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Check out the original link: Why Failure Is Your Friend in Songwriting

Here’s Some Songwriting Inspiration Tips For You

As songwriters, we all need a bit of inspiration every now and then to keep our songwriting process moving along.

So… With this in mind I found a two part series of Songwriting Inspiration Tips from the Bandzoogle Blog that gives all of us songwriters a timely reminder that songwriting inspiration can be manufactured through disciplined activity rather than just waiting for it to appear from the ether.

Part 1 of the Songwriting Inspiration Tips series starts off with the following statement…

When you’re suffering from writer’s block, the solution can come in many forms, including de-stressing, self-care, external influence, or some sort of inspiration. For the songwriter, two types of inspiration can help: internal or external (sometimes both!)

The article goes on to list internal and external activities that you can do to generate songwriting inspiration for yourself while Part 2 gives us…

…non-traditional ways to inspire hit songs by using numbers, letters or sounds.

Both articles are definitely well worth the read if you’re looking for ways to increase your ability to generate songwriting ideas. I know I certainly got a lot out of it.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


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