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marv green idea

We've had a star-studded month of content with writers like Marshall Altman and Shane McAnally. In our final "idea" installment, learn how long Marv Green hangs onto a song idea, what to do when an idea just isn't working, and more! Watch now.


Song inspiration and ideas come from so many places; a quote, a commercial, or reading can inspire a writer. There is no one correct way to come up with a great idea. What matters is what you do with that idea when it comes to you! Check out where pro writers Shane MacAnally, Marv Green, Jimmy Yeary, and Seth Mosley get their ideas, and what they do with them in this month's blog post.

Idea Exercise #1

Random Idea Generator: Grab the third book on your bookshelf. Turn to page 54. Read the sixth sentence. Use those words to jumpstart a song (adapted from Joel Mabus). ***Be sure to share your experience with this exercise in our forums***

Idea Exercise #2

A Story Worth Telling: Visit your local paper’s obituaries online, or pick up the Sunday paper and flip to the obituaries. Read through them. What interesting lives are you imagining? Is there something striking about someone’s life? Write a song based on the most fascinating person.

Idea Exercise #3

On the Silver Screen: If your life was a Hollywood movie, write the original song that would play in the credits. (credit:/u/curtithird)

Miss out on February content so far? Catch up on IDEA here:
Video - Ideas ft. Marshall Altman
Video - Getting to Know Marshall Altman
Video - Marshall's Tough Love
Video - Marshall's Best Tip to Songwriters
Video - Where Does Shane McAnally Get His Ideas?
Video - Shane McAnally on Revisiting Ideas
Video - The Weirdest Place Shane Has Gotten an Idea

Miss out on last month? Catch up on January's DEMO content here:
Video - Derek Wells' Mini Tip
Video - DIY Demos with Ian Christian
Video - Problems When Recording a Professional Demo
Video - Demos ft. Derek Wells
Video - Jimmy Yeary and Marv Green talk demos
Blog post - To Record or Not To Record?
6 Questions on Demos with NSAI's Executive Director, Bart Herbison
The Songwriter's Demo Checklist

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