Below is a quote from David Bowie about songwriting.
Nice enough for the annuls of time – but look at it from a songwriter’s work day perspective and SHAZAM – it’s a songwriting exercise!
David Bowie on Songwriting
“You write down a paragraph or two describing several different subjects creating a kind of story ingredients-list, I suppose, and then cut the sentences into four or five-word sections; mix ‘em up and reconnect them. You can get some pretty interesting idea combinations like this.
You can use them as is or, if you have a craving need to not lose control, bounce off these ideas and write whole new sections.”
David Bowie Exercise One Better!
If you’ve been keeping an object writing book or a log of songwriting ideas, this exercise is a pretty easy next step from what you’ve collected all ready.
You can use this as a quick songwriting exercise to get you going, or for a longer fine-tuning of a song you already started – just go backwards and write down some details then expand on them.
Stuck in 2nd verse hell? This is a great way to get out of that predicament as well:
- What are the possibilities of the story? Write it out in a paragraph
- Visualize the scene now write out the rest of the story as if it’s a screen play
- Go back to the Davie Bowie quote and scramble it up
David Bowie: Original 1969 “Space Oddity”