LYRICISTS: Quirky tools to tempt the Muse (-:

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In the three months of the 50-90, there’ll be challenges, mini-challenges, and skirmishes galore. Nevertheless, in those – let’s hope rare – moments when the creative well dries up, below are a few ideas to keep you kicking butt. Smile

Sure, we have the amazing 'MUSE TOOLS' right here on the site (accessed via 'Tools' on the menu bar at the top of this page), but the links below are fun additions.

Leon's Random Generators can be useful for extra-zany stuff (including band names).

GoogleTranslate comes into its own with surreal lyrics arising from multiple translations from the English and then back into English (e.g. English>Korean>French>Hungarian>Swahili>English). The final result - or lines from it - can be shaped into something profound or hilarious or both.

Into Goth poetry/lyrics? Try 'The Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator'. This is basically 'paint by numbers'; the results are seriously dark (and thus very funny). Tongue in cheek for sure. But who knows... An image or two could generate something monumental.

My two favourite sites for inspiration (mainly for an ironic/quirky twist) are:

Many other sites can generate ideas, or simply be an amusing diversion from the hard slog of creating something unique and awesome from scratch.

@AndyGetch also suggests a N+7 poem generator that replaces each noun with the seventh one following it in the dictionary.

@bithprod recommends pasting a couple of well-known lyric lines into and see where it takes you.

Other sites mentioned by FAWMers/50-90ers (@writeandwrong, @halfwalk, [@elainedimas]) include:

Also from @AndyGetch

A few suggested earlier by @johnstaples on the FAWM Facebook page.

And from [@t.c.elliott]'s FB page:

From @miltz
Take random text (either generated or your own, maybe mix and match) and feed it to this:

From [@heuristics]
Might stimulate some songs, especially if you combine them with another of the suggestions.

From @Larry
A yoda-speak generator.

Here's another fun tool (WordPalette) mentioned by @thisisbeckyw. You'll find the app here (it's free).
If anyone uses the app, post a link here, and tag the lyric/song #wordpalette.
And from @tsunamidaily

Feel free to add other entertaining lyric-generating sites or ideas.

If you use any of the above tools, be sure to post a link to your lyric/song here.

I have used as my title/theme in the past. It can be truly inspiring.

I'd like to add about the on-site "Muse tools" I've used lines from the Titler to write entire songs, as well as word clouds - as have several others - so if you haven't checked out the Muse tools above, be sure to do so - they are great tools for inspiration Smile

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Bard Cards :`(

I've done a couple songs from post secret. That is a weird site. People are crazy. :P

Hey, Donna, great thread and list to have in one place. Haven't used any of these (except the Muse Tools)! I shall have to try a few!!

Going to a random Wikipedia page can sometimes be useful.

Holy cow, that Goth-o-Matic site is frickin' great! Thanks for the info!