I guess if you’re a singer-songwriter, people are going to ask you this one question quiet often; “What is your inspiration to write songs?”, or what’s the inspiration behind a certain song.
The usual answer would be,”Oh i write from life stories, from the things happening around me, life is my song-writing inspiration, bla bla bla…”
Yes i wrote songs inspired by certain events that happened to me or around me, stuff that i felt strong about. But what most people probably don’t know is that i have written songs based on no inspirations at all.
I consider song-writing as a job, i just have to produce songs, and if each song has to be written inspired by something, or if i have to wait for something happen for me to be able to write songs, i might not have that many songs produced in the end.
So what i do quiet often is i sit down with my guitar, forcing a song to happen; come out with interesting guitar chords or intros and just forced words in to it, just make up stories in your head and write those damn songs.
And it worked, it’ll usually take longer but it worked. So these are my songs that i wrote based on no specific inspirations, songs that i forced to happen in my head : (from Quiet Down album) WYL, Invisible, (from Forget Your Plans album) Apology, Secret, Gaze, Carnival, Dark Side, In To The Light, (from How To Stop Time album) Mother, Sudden Wonderland, Rainbows & Starlight, Secrets of the World, Promises, Words & Stories.
So next time if you’d ask me what is my inspiration to write a certain song, i might just answer,”…nothing”. :)