Ocean waves… sunset… journal… pen… solitude…
As much as I would like to song-write in this ideal utopia, I very seldom get this type of leisure. Often times I’m in the same room, in the same chair, with the same lighting (you get the point) and it can be hard to feel inspired in the mundane.
I wanted to share some things that help me feel inspired when my bucket of ideas is totally empty, and I don’t have the time (or means) to drive someplace with a mind-blowing view. As an insanely busy college student, working several different jobs, married, and still trying to stay sane, driving two hours to get to a nice beach sounds nearly impossible.
So, here is some tips to help you feel inspired right from home! Let me know what you think!
- Imagine you’re there: Although it might seem kind of cliche, it helps to imagine the place where you would ideally like to be to feel inspired. If you’re thinking of someplace tranquil and peaceful, it’ll help clear your mind of stress, which is an extra bonus before getting to work!
- Rearrange your songwriting space: If you can’t get to a new space, create one! Simply shifting your keyboard to the other side of the room, throwing in a flower vase, or pulling out a new songwriting journal and pen can do wonders!
- Listen to a different genre: We all have our select genre (or few) that we feel best suites our voice, sound, and songwriting style. But, there is no rule book that says you have to stay there! Take a listen to a totally different genre and analyze it. If you write rock, listen to singer-songwriter. If you write singer-songwriter, take a listen to jazz. It is always a good exercise to write in different genres to become a more versatile songwriter.
- Change up your writing style: Do you always write your music to a piano? Try using a guitar, or ukulele! If you don’t play another instrument, grab a buddy who does or pluck away at a midi instrument.
- Cowrite: Cowriting is my personal favorite way to be inspired. Feeding off another’s ideas and working to write music that would better suite their style or voice is an excellent exercise for any songwriter. You may be wondering, how can I do this from home? The miracles of Skype, FaceTime, and any voice recording app allow cowriting to be easily done from the comfort of your space. Call up some friends and get started!
I hope this was helpful, creatives! Let me know what you think in the comments below!