Using an Existing Song To Create Your Own
by Jacob Evans
(Mt hot ham, Victoria, australia)
I find that if listening to a song I can create alternate melodies and lyrics.
Then I get the lyrics down on paper and when I come back to them at another time I can't remember exactly how the tune was going in my head.
I now have a set of lines or a hook that I then create my own music to and build the rest of the song up and in the end I have an original song.