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Compose a 10-minute song

I once knew a music professor who composed and wrote a page of music every day for 366 days. Of course, he had an advantage over most of us because his full-time job was to sit in a room with a piano and a book of blank staff paper. In addition, it takes more than 10 minutes to write out a full page of sheet music. However, the concept remains. Perhaps you’d like to try it for a week, three days, or a month.

Don’t waste time because you only have 10 minutes to write and record a song. Pick up an instrument or simply begin singing. There’s no time to consider whether the song is good or whether anyone wants to hear it.

Transform a non-lyric into a lyric

Some argue that the only distinction between poetry and prose is the use of line breaks. You’ll be making that exact change for this exercise. Find a short piece of writing (less than 100 words) to begin. A letter to the editor in a newspaper is an appropriate length. It could also be the text on a bus stop flyer or the instructions that are always printed on things that don’t need instructions, like a box of macaroni and cheese or a bottle of shampoo. To make the piece more poetic, change the line breaks- Jack Hanson. Then, for your chorus, find a key phrase or two and repeat it.

Take apart a song

Begin with a short song that you enjoy and know how to play. Write new lyrics for the entire piece while keeping the same music. Remember that you only have 10 minutes, so there’s no time to think about it – just do it. It’s impossible to get the regular lyrics and melody out of your head if you think about it. So don’t think about it. Take a moment now to forget about the music you just wrote and look at the lyrics you just wrote with new eyes. It’s now time to compose new music to go along with these lyrics. You just wrote a completely new song in 10 minutes, using someone else’s music as a foundation. You can’t even be sued for infringement of intellectual property.

Allow your subconscious mind to do the work

Consider a true event in your life. It could be anything that feels significant or sticks out in your mind, such as the time you fell in the park’s pond, your first kiss, or nearly getting into a car accident. Write two or three paragraphs describing the event in detail- Jack Hanson Vermont. That’s the end of your ten minutes; you’re out of time. Continue with your day, and come back to this later. Come back the next day and give your story the line break treatment, just like we did in the second exercise. Make a poem out of the story. Now take a break once again.

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