How to Find Your Inspiration in the Usual, Everyday Places...

How many times have you told yourself that you're going to start working on a project when 'inspiration strikes?' How has that worked for you? Are you creating on a regular basis, or are you getting more and more frustrated, knowing that time is passing by as you're waiting for that inspiration to finally come out of nowhere, and hit you like a bolt of lightening?
 
I understand this, because this is what I used to do. I would wait every day for inspiration to strike, and found myself spending that time practicing guitar. Along the way I got really good at the physical aspects of playing guitar, but had nothing musical to really show for it.
 
Ultimately, I was simply procrastinating, and using 'inspiration' as the excuse. I then read a book on overcoming procrastination, and guess what... inspiration struck. But not in the way I anticipated... Inspiration struck because I actively went out and found it.
 
This has allowed me to build a massive catalog of music. In fact, the first step of my 4 Step Plan to Licensing Success is to consistently build your catalog.
 
The good news is you don't have to go to some exotic location or unusual place to find inspiration. You can find inspiration in everyday places. Here are four suggestions on where to start:
 

1 - Your Local Coffeeshop:

Want some GREAT content for a song? Listen to a group of teenagers after they've gotten out of school. Depending on where you live, the local coffee shop around 3:30pm is a prime location to do some eavesdropping.
 
Embedded in those conversations are GREAT lines to use in your songs. Listen to their stories and you'll learn all about who's dating who, the frustrations they're having with their parents, the stress they're dealing with at school, newfound freedom from obtaining a drivers license, etc.
 
Examples:
"Fast Cars & Freedom" - Rascal Flatts
"I Don't Care" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
"Parent's Just Don't Understand" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 
 

2 - Your Living Room:

By now most of us are familiar with how one of the highest selling albums in history, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, syncs up with The Wizard of Oz. If you've experienced this, it's hard to imagine that it just happened by accident.
 
If you want to write a track that would be great for TV, then set up a TV in your studio, mute the audio, and start writing to the visuals that appear on the screen. Scoring to picture is one of the quickest ways to kick that 'inspiration' into high gear as the scene will dictate the lyrical content, and the musical pacing.
 
One of my very first placements was a song I wrote that was inspired by a scene from Dawson's Creek. At the time of writing it, licensing music wasn't even on my radar, but that track went on to generate numerous licenses.
 
Youtube is also a great outlet for this as you can search film trailers, commercials, etc. Just mute the audio on playback, and let your creativity run free!
 

3 - Your Bookshelf:

Grab a book off your bookshelf, open it to a random page, put your finger on a paragraph and find a common phrase. Write that into a song. It could be something as simple as a line from the dialog between the characters, or a description of what one of the characters is doing that that moment.
 
Use that as your song title, and go from there.
 
Examples:
"Beautiful Day" - U2
"Everything I Wanted" - Billie Eilish
"Waiter! Bring Me Water!" - Shania Twain
 

4 - Baby Talk:

Ever listen to the goofy syllables that people make when talking to a baby? Some of these include Oooh, Aahhhh, Whoa, La, Yeah, Nah, Do, Da, and other nonsense noises. Try building a song around these. 
 
Numerous artists have have had incredible success using this approach. In fact, Phil Collins had so much success with it, that he did it twice with the songs Abacab and Sussudio.
     
Examples:
"Abacab" - Genesis
"Yeah Yeah Yeah" - Jax Jones 
"De do do do De da da da" - The Police
 

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open...

The reality is that inspiration can be found anywhere as long as you're looking for it. So make it your goal to use one of these outlets to kickstart your creativity today. You don't have to write the next #1 song, but start by writing something. You may be very surprised where it leads you. Have fun!
Where do you find your inspiration on a day to day basis? Share with us in the Comments Section Below:

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