How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:


Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic.

We’ve also provided a chord progression to get you started.

If you haven’t done this before, we’ve provided a step-by-step to help you use the prompts in the creation of a song.


Song Prompt:  a confrontational situation
  • A young boy being bullied (is there a fight, is it verbal).  Does he win, lose, how does the situation he experienced impact him as an adult? Does he turn into a bully – his child?
  • A young African American woman in the mid-50’s and 60’s who wants to enroll in a college, sit at a lunch counter or vote without prejudice.  Does she see a change from her time as a child to when she’s 80 and has a college degree, grand kids, a full life?
  • A young and old gay couple and how their lives are different, what they face.  Do they experience very different things because of the time in history they each lived in?
  • A young woman or man doesn’t like their job, people they work with, or how it’s impacting their life, i.e., where’s the fun.  Do they just up and quit, finally find someone there they fall in love with?


Chord Progression:  Key = C       I-VIb -VIIb-IV     C-Ab-Bb-F

Feel free to change to another key if you’re on the guitar


What’s Next?

Step 1:  write for 15 minutes on one of the items (or similar) above

Step 2:  create a song idea from the above

Step 3: use the chord progression to write around

Step 4: use a song you like to write a ghost song off of if you’re having difficulty with a melody line