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Mini-Tip: Get Ideas For Lyrics From A Movie

6:00 am Songwriting

Does your lyrical well ever run dry? Do you find yourself casting about for an idea, a notion, an opening line - anything to help you kick off a new set of lyrics? I have that happen a lot. If I just write down “whatever comes to me” without a specific idea or starting point, it tends to come out sounding like the same “talking points” (singing points?) I’ve been writing about for the last 30 years!

One good source for new lyrical ideas is the things people say in movies or on TV (or in movies on TV). Here’s something that I’ve tried that might work for you. Pick a movie, any movie, although for some reason the older ones (40s and 50s) tend to work better for this - maybe people talked different back then or something. Anyway, put in the DVD and watch the movie, with a pencil and pad at the ready. Write down everything anyone says that sounds like it might be a line in a song. There will be lots!

You should have at least 25 or 30 lines once the movie’s over. Check and see whether some of them seem to go together, or even already rhyme. See if there’s one that can be the opening line of the song, setting the tone for what it’s about. (The song need not follow the story of the movie, of course - that’s a different kind of project!)

Give this idea a try sometime - you never know what you’ll come up with!

[An expanded version of this Mini-Tip appears in my eBook Cheap Advice On Songwriting.]

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