Song Prompt: Eleven Things

This “Eleven Things” song prompt focuses on selecting from a variety of items to provide you with a large, outside-the-box array of objects to spur your imagination. It’s a great way to start getting your brain working not only for songs, but poems as well. By using items most of us can relate to quickly and easily, you will spend less time trying to manufacture a scene, characters or circumstances.

Best for: writing lyrics development.

As a twist on the prompt, you can write a poem using one of the prompts and then convert the poem to a song!

  • Start by free styling to get some thoughts down
  • Don’t worry about a song structure or rhyme
  • Write down whatever pops into your head associated with the prompt
  • Circle the words you think are interesting
  • Write a single line saying what you think the song idea is
  •  Go ahead and note a structure

It can be something as simple as verse/chorus/verse/chorus/chorus or verse/verse/verse.  You don’t have to stick with it – but it will give you a framework so you can focus on the lyrics.

Choose some chords you’re comfortable with to start. You can always change them later as you work through the melody and create variations.

Try not using an instrument and simply sing into a voice memo app. You’ll find the chords later. This will allow you to create something that is not restricted to what you know how to play.

Find a quiet spot and focus!

1Things in a kitchen drawer
2Things in a refrigerator
3Things you can’t live without
4Things you can’t live with
5Things that no one uses anymore
6Things you’ve lost
7Things in a bus station
8Things in your closet
9Things that fall
10Things from the 19th century (change #)
11Things on your bookshelf

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