This particularly works for me as I do a lot of driving with my day gig.
How about this for a songwriting exercise!
The next time you find yourself stuck in peak hour traffic, instead of feeling frustrated, stressed and angry about the situation, use the time at hand to manifest songwriting ideas in your head.
I do this all the time and some of my best songwriting ideas come from utilising my downtime effectively. It is a much better use of your time and energy than stressing out over events that you have no control over.
I would use the scenery around me as reference points to get my creative juices flowing. Some general things to focus on would be…
- The weather – How does it make me feel?
- People in cars – What were they thinking?
- Buildings – Any landmarks nearby?
- How am I feeling right now?
- What am I doing this weekend?
- What did I do last weekend?
In theory, once I’ve developed something I’m happy to record, I just use the voice recorder function on my smartphone to put down the songwriting idea for future reference.
Of course I don’t use my phone while I’m driving.
You could use this concept in any situation where you find yourself waiting for something. Examples that come to mind would include:
- Bank queues
- Train crossings
- Doctors surgery
- Public transport
If you any other suggestions? Let me know, I’d love to hear them.
Imagine what would happen if every songwriter used these particular times to their advantage rather than to their detriment?
There would be hardly any road rage, less stress and we would be more tolerant, patient and almost looking forward to these occasions just so we can give ourselves some time to spend with the muse.
We all have the time to write. We just have to be creative with how we find it.