A question that I am asked in pretty much every media interview I attend as a musician is the one as to how I get inspiration to write music. The interviewers usually pose this question to me the moment I tell them that I write my own songs. To answer this question once and for all, I wish to assert that there are four major ways in which I get inspiration to write music.
The first way in which I get inspiration to write music is by just observing the happenings in the society around me. I observe the happenings in the society around me with the third eye: the artist’s eye. That is how I am able to compose songs dealing with mundane day to day happenings in a way that people find entertaining.
The second way in which I get inspiration to write music is by listening to other people’s songs, and asking myself the question as to how I can take the conversations in those songs forward. This is like where, for instance, I recently listened to a song that was purportedly written by a young man who was in jail requesting his fiancée (whom he had gotten engaged to just before being sent to jail) to go and visit him – just once — in jail. So this sort of song gets me thinking of how the fiancée would receive/react to such a message, and I end up creating a song that is effectively a ‘response’ or a ‘sequel’ to the first one.
The third way in which I normally get inspiration to write music is by reflecting on my older songs, and then asking myself the question as to how I can take the conversations in those (older songs of mine) forward.
The fourth way in which I normally get inspiration to write music is by simply quieting my mind, and getting into a meditative or contemplative state. Actually this is how I get all lyrics to my songs. I may start by observing the happenings in the society, listening to other people’s songs or reflecting on my older songs. But in the end, I have to get into this contemplative state, for me to come up with truly artistic lyrics.