Wednesday, October 6, 2010

7♠ All tied up and nowhere to go

7♠ Seven of Spades in The Rock Songwriter’s Deck: 52 Ways to Write a Song

The Seven of Spades reminds us that creativity is spurred by necessity. Surprisingly creative solutions can emerge when you have to work within extreme constraints.

Can you write a convincing song that uses only two chords? How about a song that runs exactly two minutes and thirty-seven seconds in length?

Can you write an entire lyric using only one-syllable words? Or without using the letter "i"? Or limiting yourself to words that were in Shakespeare's vocabulary?

Decide on your own set of arbitrary constraints, and then see what song you're able to write within those limitations.

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