I have not tried this exercise, yet. I sort of did it in an airport once where I started writing and describing people around me and what they looked like and were doing, but this is a little bit different….
The songwriting exercise I just heard is something you could do at work, restaurant, coffee shop….anywhere people are talking. Basically what you do is take 5 to 10 minutes and write down every single conversation you hear. Write down words, phrases, sayings, jokes, sentences…..transcribe the conversation of someone near you. Then scan it for lyrical ideas. Maybe there are titles…..concepts…..lines…..you never know. The key is to think like a songwriter no matter where you are. Practice looking for song material in everyday things and life.
I haven’t tried this particular one….yet…..but I will! Have you done this? Have any other ideas or tips?