1Start your song with a chorus.
2Take lyrical inspiration from the Jurassic Period.
3Include some kind of primitive percussion.
1Introducing them one at a time, create a stack of four equal-length, non-drum loops.
2With the loop stack running, add a fifth element on top—lead line, melody, whatever you please.
3Allow the fifth element to end and remove the loops, avoiding the reverse order in which they were added.
1Write a theme song for an imaginary TV show.
2The show’s premise is equal parts your real life, and very much not your real life.
3Feature an instrument you have never featured before.
1Borrow a phrase or line from Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day.
2Before considering any music, write all of the lyrics, including the borrowed line.
3Include at least one a cappella moment in the song.