Inspiration

Inspiration: something that gives you new ideas and enthusiasm to do something. Inspiration: an experience, emotion or thought that sparks off a creative flow. In the context of writing lyrics, inspiration is the thing that arouses a desire to convey your feelings and thoughts in the form of lyrics.

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What is inspiration? As always, first things first: what is inspiration? I'll consult the dictionary for that one, and then I'll give you my definition, (in that order). Inspiration: Something that gives you new ideas and enthusiasm to do something. Inspiration: An experience, emotion or thought that sparks off a creative flow. In the context of writing lyrics, inspiration is the thing that arouses a desire to convey your feelings and thoughts in the form of lyrics. Where can inspiration be found? Well to put it quite simply: life. Most lyrics are written from one person's experiences, and therefore inspiration and where it is found, differs for each individual. Now, however, I'll just give some examples of experiences that may cause inspiration. Example #1: Say you broke up with your girlfriend of 2 years; well then you'd be feeling all kinds of different emotions, and the easiest way to put the past behind you and move on is to write about these feelings. Example #2: Maybe you saw some news coverage about the war on Iraq, and you have particular thoughts on it. Like say, you were suspicious of America's motives for going to war. Or perhaps the opposite is true. Maybe you were in full support of the war and you wanted to write about why it was necessary to go to war. Example #3: Your father has just died and you want to write a heart-felt ode to him. Perhaps saying all the things you never said. Telling him how you really felt about him, and how you really loved him. Or perhaps you hated him but now you feel remorseful that he's gone, and you want to write about your confusion over this drastic change in emotion. Of course, all of these deal with experiences. What about conveying thoughts and original ideas? Perhaps, you've thought of a storyline for your lyrics. Now all you have to do is keep the story flowing, make sure it never gets dull (I. e. keep the suspense on full), and make sure it comes to a complete and justified end. My point is this: you will find inspiration everywhere. In art, in experiences, in novels, in music?the list goes on. What now? Good question. You see; inspiration is nothing without an artist (painter, sculptor, lyrics writer, novelist etc) to do something with it. The one thing that everyone must work on as a writer is channelling this inspiration. Being able to convey thoughts and feeling in nothing more than words. And also discovering how to do it in an easily relatable way. Accessibility is a key thing in lyrics, because if no one understands the lyrics, then no one will fully enjoy them. I mean, I'm sure there are a lot of writers who like to have extremely intelligent songs, with lots of amazing metaphors and everything else that is regarded as 'intellectual'. But I'm not trying to tell you how to write intelligent songs which no one but intellectuals will understand. Nor am I trying to teach you how to write nursery rhymes. All I'm doing is teaching you the fundamental things, which are absolute necessities in writing lyrics. It's up to you what you do with this knowledge. So let me get back to the point: Inspiration can be found everywhere, and will come to you at anytime, but the first thing you must do is learn how to recognise it, and the second thing you must do is learn how to manipulate it. Craft a thought, feeling or experience into a set of lyrics and do it often. Then you may call yourself a lyrics writer.

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    imapunkforlife
    white_isa wrote: i can never understand SOAD and RATM. green days is good though.
    ya if u pay close attention to what theyre saying and think about it u can always find political and religious meanings in them and green day just puts them out there so theres a little bit less interpretation on our part which is whats making american idiots :-P
    Qaphela
    cool lesson man... im havin writers block right now so ill try out ur method
    theblackparade9
    i don't know how do u just start writing about anything how do u just start!! can some one help me? :'(
    ryanisfootdrums
    It's funny because I JUST wrote a song having to do with my girlfriend of 2 years I recently broke up with. I take example #1
    Gunsandammo90
    this article took about everything it took me to write this song about how i feel about paris hilton, here it is: I.H.Y.P. Attention people of the world I bear important news The heir of the Hilton empire. Is dead And were happy for it I dont believe in her accomplishments Youre nothing but a hypocrite You have glory you dont deserve All because of your fukin curves Goodbye paris You superficial ***** Finally, youre behind bars now everyone will take down your stores Youre no longer with the fukin stars no more Its too late, youre out of time All your glory will now be mine Goodbye paris You superficial ***** Finally, youre behind bars now everyone will take down your stores Youre no longer with the fukin stars no more Now I call for a sudden revolution To keep her locked in the institution Here we go therell be no confusion For these armies wont have a fusion Hey Hey Hey Are you ready Here we go Now the princess is dead Because they blew up her head Nothing else will be said Because to heaven she fled Was it something she said Because whos in her bed Or who she gave head Now who will we be lead To whos hand will we be fed All the life and the lies that were said Now its ok Hey mom look shes dead
    Mastol
    No it isn't. Stuck with the same lame rhyming for way too long, lame meaning, lame building, lame lyrics overall...sounds like a twelve's year old writing. And this article was actually EMBARRASSING, 1 star.
    Indarican
    I have been playin for a few years now and have found inspiration in a lot of things.My Heroin addiction,brother O.D.ing.No father growing up etc. I have written music and no lyrics.I just cant get it yet...I just hope this can give someone inspiration to follow there path. I recently sold 2 songs(just music) to 2 local bands in my area.I gave up all legal rights to the songs for money.Did I sell out? ..Hell yeah! I have no idea what I'm doin half the time I write anyway..I just play by feeling. My music is being heard by many now. That is my gift to society... A feeling! What more can a musician want then to have his music heard(even if its locally) Dare To Be Great!! or just have fun. Inspiration can come in all forms.If you can find it apply it and just make some music.Heck, I just made a couple hundred bucks.Money can be an ispiration to.. ya know!
    Ade3
    Indarican any chance that you might have any place online where i can hear your stuff? Btw great lesson has helped a lot! thanks agian
    Toeshy
    im with mastol on this but this lesson was an excelent resource to get my song out of thought and on paper
    deano_strat
    nice examples... but i try more original methods.... English class!my english teacher is great inspiration! he always says weird words or phrases... i use them phrases and build around them. It works
    SkaterD2002
    I was thinkin on the part about the dad dieing. well what about your ex girlfriend dieing? Thats my situation. got any ideas?
    SkaterD2002
    oswald. think what you want to think. We all think ur names gay. This lesson has helped me and some friends.
    andeh
    oswald you really need to lighten up man, all you do is criticise. you dont seem to like any of the articles so why not just leave us alone instead of needlessly criticising it all?
    Mike Beck
    dudes I think this article is way kick ass only thing is I need original inspiration like every writer sings about love and braking and some sappy stuff man you gotta get deep like find a really different person like a really smart yet cool guy and talk to him and get to know him and let him get to you. I think that would be a cool song. And also the thing about strange metaphorical lyrics. I think it is way awesome to that stuff and try to figure out what they are saying. But he also has a point. songs with deep meaning need easy to follow lyrics for listeners to feel the same emotions. all I need now is a lesson on fitting songs with music and I'm on my way to awesome times.
    Mike Beck
    okay in the middle sentence where it is short iI meant to put the word listen after awesome and after the word love I meant to put breaking up. My fault
    warbdaniel
    well, music is an art, and art is about expressing feelings and emotions. You rapped this up quite well, nice one!!!!
    Ralph
    i can never understand SOAD and RATM. green days is good though
    well, i kinda like that. not to much though. but bands who write lyrics wich arent easy to figure out are always open for interpetation, it can have alot of meaning for yourself, fk it that it isn't what the singer ment. sometimes the lyrics have more impact because you really have to think about it. I like the lyrics of SOAD's Suggestions. I haven't figured out yet if it's about religion or politics, it makes sence both ways hmm, i'm babbling, I'll stop now
    sergiogt
    whoever you are. I want to see some of your lyrics cos i think they must be great.
    motleyismycrue
    Thanks man help alot, i get tierd from jamming to other peoples work and i need one of my own. Thanks this will help
    Spanner
    Oswald, you are the most negative human being on the planet, put it this way, these lessons, THEYRE FREE!!! so just stop moaning about them if you dont like them and just try and get as much out of them as you can, jesus, if you ever get a girl friend, ill eat my hat.
    unusualone
    I hope someone can understand my question. I have written songs and actually know how they sound (from beginning to end) and what instruments are played. Harmonies are what I'm hearing more and more lately. This has been going on for years now. What is a person suppose to do without going crazy. I play no instrument and other people who have knowledge about this type of thing are giving me the run around and wasting my time. I can't go on like this nor ignore this any further. Please help me, somebody before I become another statistic of a broken dream that died with me. Unusualone