Do you "Write the Songs?"
As much as I would like to experiment with song writing--we're talking lyrics too--there is just not enough time in the day. Although composing and arranging piano solos would be my first choice, the art of writing a good song intrigues me.
A couple of years ago I attended a session led by Robert Sterling, a Dove Award-winning songwriter, arranger and producer. His book Jesus Chairs shares an approach to Christian songwriting that would appeal to any future song-writer.
The table of contents features chapter titles such as "Getting Started (Ideas, Inspiration and The Mysteries of the Creative Process)", "Poetic Devices", "Collaboration" and much more.
As a teacher of composition, I find this book invaluable as I guide for wanna-be song writers and composers too!
What inspires you to write lyrics? Do you teach song-writing? What resources do you find helpful?