- Generate a play list of at least 50 songs. Choose songs that tell a story and conjure up vivid images, emotions, memories, etc.
- Have someone describe a problem or opportunity. He or she should provide background information, explain why it is a problem or opportunity, list what has already been thought of or tried, and paint a picture of an ideal solution.
- Push the Shuffle or Random Play button on the IPod and listen to the song that plays.
- Generate ideas from the song.
- I Dreamed a Dream by Neil Diamond
- Desperado by The Eagles
- He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
- I Wish I Was Eighteen Again by George Burns
- Sam Stone by Johnny Cash
- Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
- Gentle on My Mind by Glen Campbell
- Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin
- Lyin' Eyes by The Eagles
- Bama Breeze by Jimmy Buffett
- Medley: Amanda/A Couple More Years by Waylon Jennings
- The Dance by Ronan Keating and Westlife
- Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers
- I'll Stand by You by Carrie Underwood
- Man in Black by Johnny Cash
- Old Five and Dimers Like Me by Waylon Jennings
- Four Strong Winds by Bobby Bare
- The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
- Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall
- Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
- How does music factor into your life today? Was there a time in your life when you would have given a different answer?
- Who performed at the best live music event you ever attended? Is there a story you can tell about why that particular concert stands out in your mind?
- Is there a song that has special meaning for you? Why?
- Have you ever dreamed of being a superstar singer and performing in front of thousands of adoring fans? If so, how does your dream play out as a story?
- Have you ever done karaoke in public? How did it work out for you?
"There is a general place in your brain, I think, reserved for 'melancholy of relationships past.' It grows and prospers as life progresses, forcing you finally, against your better judgment, to listen to country music." - Kary Mullis
"Country songs have always told the best stories and no one -- really, no one -- has ever done it better than Nashville. All my life I've admired guitarists like Chet Atkins and Roy Clark who touched me through their sound, but it was those Nashville songwriters who got to me through their words." - B.B. King, blues guitarist and singer-songwriter
"The way I see it, we're actors, but musical ones. We're doing it with notes, and lyrics with notes, telling a story. I can take an audience and get 'em into a frenzy so they'll almost riot, and yet I can sit there so you can almost hear a pin drop." - Ray Charles
"Close your eyes and you can hear her even now. It's 1960 and you're parked at the Steak n' Shake in your red and white Chevy convertible and on the radio, Connie Francis is singing Where the Boys Are. It's a love song to a time and a place. And as you tip the curb girl a dime, you close your eyes, and dream about pointing that Chevy right down Route 45 to Fort Lauderdale." - Roger Ebert, review of Where the Boys are '84 for Chicago Sun Times