Song ideas come when you least expect it. Some of the greatest hits came from a dream. Other hits came from personal life experiences. You never know when or where an idea will strike!

Some of the most famous hits came from a dream. Paul McCartney said that some of his greatest hits came to him when he was dreaming. Many other songwriters have had the same experience. Billy Joel’s song “River of Dreams” and Sting’s song “Every Breath You Take” came from a dream. So, keep a note book and pen next to your bed. Actually, all you need is your cell phone and you can put it in your notes or voice memos app.

Other famous hits came from life experiences. For instance, “Driver’s License” is believed to be inspired by a love triangle between Olivia Rodrigo and her two co-stars Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter from the show “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Chelsko (who grew up in Malibu) wrote the song “Malibu Flames” from the Malibu fires in 2019. If you are a singer or musician, keep a journal of your life experiences (what happened during the day), jot down your memories, opinions and emotions of things that have happened to you. Your own perspective is the key to making a song uniquely yours. A spark of inspiration will strike when you least expect it!

To sing a song with feeling and emotion, or playing the piano with passion and emotion require inspiration. The true meaning of inspiration is a sudden brilliant and creative idea or the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.

When inspiration strikes, use it…don’t lose it!

Check out Chelsko’s song “Malibu Flames”


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