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What is your source of inspiration?

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    For creating new music, songs or writing lyrics, what do you use to get inspiration?
     
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    Since it can be anything from the highest of highs to the lowest you've ever felt in your life I guess this ones gonna be a hard one to nail down
     
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    The roiling mess of unorganized thoughts that swirls around in my head.
     
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    To add a little detail, sometimes it's just pure emotion and nothing specific. Sometimes I have a thought in mind and it's something I've worked through. Sometimes it's recent events. Or anticipated events.

    Sometimes the music of which I'm most proud pops out on the first take. Sometimes I'm proud of a piece I worked carefully to arrange just so.

    In other words, it can come from anywhere.
     
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    the beatles
     
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    I think my source of inspiration comes from still being in a band.

    I'm not sure how much desire I would have if I was just always a home player. Maybe desire isn't the right word but I just have a lot on my plate currently and if I didn't have the band I know the time I devote to it could easily be absorbed by other things.
     
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    playing guitar is like meditation for me, i give no f's about anything else when i play
     
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    Lyric wise, it’s normally a phrase or part of a comment someone says and it plants a seed in my brain and swirls around till it has to germinate.

    I start with that and generally it just grows itself.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Memories of want I do not want to lose nor forget.
     
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    Hard to say, I just - start writing. I sit down, and just start hacking chords together. As I do so, ideas come time mind, whether deep ideas like why do living things die, to imagining the pinball machine I played today came to life. So there's a hook.

    I work up a verse, or maybe a chorus, then do the other. Sometimes a break works it way in. I don't usually set out to 'push the bounds of songwriting', just get something to work with. I've been writing 'musical potato chips'. I'm not a musician, I just play one in my spare time.

    Sometimes it stays a ballad, sometimes it gets developed into a larger composition. It's 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.
     
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    I lied....its not beer....
    Its working with people that are willing to work as hard or harder than me towards a goal.
    It makes me very happy and makes me want to practice more.
     
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    I don't do lyrics.
    I'm, amongst other things, a writer and a song is too different an animal for me to be content with any lyrics I come up with.
    And I don't really want to anyway, I prefer recording instrumentals.

    So what's my inspiration for those?
    Other peoples' music.

    I've come to embrace that everything I come up with reminds me of something that's already out there.
    But once in a while, I hear a progression I like, I hear a bass line I dig, and with those in memory, I noodle around 'til they sound a lot more like me.
    Not the most elegant/ honest solution, but it gets me through.

    Then, of course, sometimes I just noodle around without any direction in mind and stumble upon a progression or lick I like.
    In these moments, I'm very thrilled :D
    Then I usually realize that I've heard it before somewhere and try to change it 'til it sounds different, but since it came from my fingers in the first place, I don't get far and get stuck.

    Not the few melodies I came up with that don't remind me of something, those are something special to me.
    Unfortunately, they're bleedin' boring and that's probably why nobody has recorded them so far :D
     
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    For me it is kind of a reverse process. I usually start with a solo in my mind, what it would sound like and how it would progress. Once I have the solo in my mind I imagine what riff would sound good backing it and so on. Probably not the norm but it works for me. Sometimes.....
     
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    If that doesn't work, there's always The Spirit Molecule.
     
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    Ah yes. For me that would be Bourbon. If that is what you meant.
     
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