To increase your ability to generate songwriting ideas, it’s necessary to increase your life experience, and that means getting out of your comfort zone and embracing what life has to offer you.
Imagine having the confidence to fully experience your life with the knowledge that there’s a great song to be written as a result of the risk being taken.
That’s a mighty powerful way of looking at life.
A prime example of a situation that can benefit from this way of thinking is the awkward, clumsy and very vulnerable beginnings of falling in love. So many people just don’t take the risk for the fear of getting hurt.
Now, the fear of getting hurt is certainly a real one, no doubt about that but my argument is that if you’re committed to songwriting as a pathway to experiencing your life to the full then it is your duty as a songwriter to take the risk and go with it.
If whatever you take the risk on works out then you have some great songs to write. If it doesn’t work out then you still have some great songs to write (with perhaps a bit of therapy thrown in for good measure).
How can you lose?
Going out of your way to fully experience your life doesn’t mean having to endure mammoth changes, swings and roundabouts or extreme tragedy. It’s the little things that you can do to break the habits and routines of your day to day life that make all the difference.
Here are some examples of little things you can do to get more out of your life and therefore, get more out of your songwriting.
- Go see a movie by yourself
- Take a long walk on the beach
- Go for a drive
- Call a friend you haven’t spoken too in ages
- Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger
- Catch public transport
- Go to a cafe and write (or start writing) in your journal
- Smile at people and watch their reactions
- Meditate and listen
- Go skydiving (Optional – I can understand if people find this a little extreme)
Generally, we try so hard to control everything in our lives so we don’t experience anything that we would consider as bad; however, by choosing songwriting as a way to experience life, we can relax and allow our lives to unfold before our eyes.
Then we write a song about it.
Just think, if you look at your life in this way, you will never be able to use the excuse “I don’t have anything to write about” ever again.
What do you think about songwriting as a way to experience more out of life? What aspect of your life can you change up or do a little different today? How would that change affect you? Would you write a song about it?
Remember (even if it is for the sake of your songwriting process), don’t ever be afraid to fully experience your life, choose it.