Song prompts are a way to get your creative mind going. They’re also a way to change up your regular song idea routine.

They’re great at getting you into a different mindset and make it easy to try something new without worrying about the song meeting some expectation level, like a co-write might. I mean, no one expects a song prompt to turn into a great song!

We all have holiday memories, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve.

Let’s tap into some of those memories for a song.


Song Prompt:  Write A Song Using A Holiday Memory
  • Write a song using an event or memory from your holiday experiences.
  • You can write the song from anyone’s point of view who is part of the memory. And actually, I’d encourage you to write it from a point of view other than your own (POV Switch Exercise).
  • And – it doesn’t have to be a Christmas song!
  • A few things to help get the song going:
    • What is the personal story in the memory?
    • How will you use your senses in the lyrics?  What do you see (imagery), smell, taste, hear? How do you feel (warm inside, dizzy, out of breath, heart pounding)? Can you get them into the song somehow to make the moment more real and act as enhancement to the story?  When you’re done, can you find one or two in your lyric?
    • Why tell this story about this particular memory?  What’s your connection? Why is the speaker the one telling the story if it’s not you?  Your connection may get you to the personal story!


How To Use The Prompt

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.

Chord Progression (if you need one):   C   F  G – what if toy changed the C to Am?


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