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Song Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

Song Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

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 in the creation of a song.


Song Prompt:  Thinking Out Loud
  • Write a song in third person (“he/she/it”) in which the main character is thinking out loud. the story takes place over a period of time, and the scene is a specific place.
  • Who is the main character that’s “thinking out loud”?
  • Why are they talking to themselves out loud anyway?
  • Is the conversation directed more at someone else, or themselves?
  • If someone else, who?
  • Is the place warm, cold, a vacation spot, a quiet place? Be sure to describe it in detail!


Blues Chord Progression:  Key = G       I-IV-V     G-C-D

For the heck of it, throw in an Am to Em to G climb somewhere!


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


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