When all else fails – The Devil’s Motorcycle

Sometimes it fails. Sometimes there is nothing. Henry Miller is quoted as saying: “when you can’t create, you can work”. I agree with that. You still need to exercise your not inconsiderable creative biceps every day. Especially if you have to spend a large part of it answering and writing very unpoetic emails, reading contracts, creating spreadsheets and generally doing (very necessary and remunerative) left-brain stuff (apparently that’s not even a thing – but anyhow we digress). 

A lot of people start by object writing, maybe prompted by Pat Pattinson. But that’s only one type of writing. For example at the time of writing today’s offering on the highly recommendable www.objectwriting.com is “Ding Dong”. It’s ok. I’ve done it. It was actually fine. Though after a while it can get a bit samey and – I think – not that productive. (On the other hand if you’ve spent a few months – or years – off from writing, then do this for 30 days straight and be amazed at the results.)

So we are feeling a bit less than fluent. But because we listen to Henry Miller we know that we should at least be working out. You’ve come to the right place. And have fun doing it? Yes!

What we’re going to use is that thing where you are convinced for years that a lyric is one thing only to find that it’s really something else (usual far more sensible, dammit)? This probably doesn’t happen so much now we can instantly Google or SoundHound anything – humbug.

So for example, Beelzebub – according to me (but not it transpires to Queen) – has a Devil’s motorcycle. Well, what else would he have?! 

How can we not find something to write about here? All sorts of sensual imagery going on. Go on, write about that for 10 minutes using all your senses. I’ll do the same. Done? Here’s my effort. Not a masterpiece but it isn’t supposed to be – it’s a method of getting the mind working in a creative way. Any nuggets? Anything usable? Maybe not, it doesn’t matter, but I bet you didn’t wake up this morning thinking of the devil’s motorcyle… 

What next?

“Been spending most their lives living in a Gangster’s pair of dice…” Sure. Let’s let our minds go crazy like small dogs! 10 minutes… 

So what did you go for – smoky casino, or fluffy ones dangling in the getaway car…?  (Thanks to The Jimmy Fallon Show for that one – I also like “Pennsylvania!”).

Somewhere in my mind I am sure that Axelle Red had a song containing the lyric “let’s get a dream and soda”. There are only two possibilities here: either she really did this, in which case she is instantly a member of the SongExpresso hall of fame; or she didn’t and it was something more ordinary (but guess what – that means I invented it so I can use it!). Google doesn’t know this lyric – anyone out there know this song and can fill me in?

A few more while we’re at it:

“Sparing his life from his pork sausages” (Queen again)

“Got my first real sex dream” (Bryan Adams)

“Olive, the other reindeer” (trad. – she was an inveterate laugher and namecaller)

“Four candles” (enough for a whole album there)

Got any more great ones? Share them here… And use them for the times when you’ve got nothing. As Jean-Luc Godard said: “it’s not where you take it from – it’s where you take it to”…

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