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Song Prompt: Common Object

Song Prompt: Common Object

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment.

Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly what the prompt outlines. This is about jogging your brain and getting the creativity going, so have fun!

If you end up going off the marked path – that’s OK.

Your song idea is probably telling you something you shouldn’t ignore!


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 to help in the creation of a song.


Song Prompt:  Common Object As Central Topic
  • Write a song about one of the following items:
    • Light bulb
    • Spare tire
    • Washing machine
    • Frying pan
    • Cigarette lighter
    • New car
    • Have a better household object? Go with it!
  • Is it funny? A ballad? The blues?
  • Why should anyone care about it – is it a metaphor for something?
  • What is is to your main character? A puzzle? A prop?


Easy Open String Chord Progression:

These are all 2 and 3 finger chords

(Verse)  Em – Cmaj7 – G – Dsus2

(Chorus)  E – B7add11 – Asus – D7


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


Great Example: New Car


Gregg Brown “Brand New ’64 Dodge”


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