4,400 Song Ideas - All 3 Books in 1

ABOUT Rick Wicker

Rick Wicker
Rick has been a singer-songwriter for over 40 years. During that time he has released 7 albums and has written hundreds of songs. In the quest to write better songs Rick worked in the music business in Nashville for nearly 20 years. Through daily exposure and interaction with great  More...


This book is a compilation of all three ‘Song Ideas’ books by Songwriter Rick Wicker. There are 4,400 song ideas/titles/phrases and hooklines to stimulate the user’s imagination in unexpected ways. They are designed to jumpstart the creative writing process by providing song starting points with strong development potential. The initial phase of writing is addressed from the perspective that verses and choruses follow a strong central idea. Beginning with an interesting turn of phrase or a catchy title can give focus to your writing. HookBooks such as this are used by many successful songwriters. The benefit to you is greater creativity which can help take your writing to the next level. It may also provide just what you’re looking for if you experience occasional “Writer’s Block”.

Many successful songwriters use what is called a “HookBook” or “Ideas Book” when they begin writing their next hit song. This generally consists of a collection of titles and song thoughts that were previously written down when inspiration struck (the 'Lightbulb On' moment). Nashville veteran singer-songwriter Rick Wicker is offering you access to this useful ‘behind the scenes’ tool. His books, '400 Song Ideas', '1,000 More Song Ideas,' ‘Song Ideas - 3,000 Titles, Phrases and Hooklines’ and '4,400 Song Ideas - All 3 Books in 1' are full of great song starting ideas for you to experiment with. These books were nearly 40 years in the making.

Book Review for The Muse’s News August 2011 issue
Reviewed by Anastasia Karalekas

"Song Ideas - 3000 Titles, Phrases and Hooklines to Inspire Songwriters and Lyricists" by Rick Wicker

In his book "Song Ideas - 3000 Titles, Phrases and Hooklines to Inspire Songwriters and Lyricists", author Rick Wicker decided to put all the ideas he's ever jotted down into a book and share them with us because he finally realized he'll never write songs out of all these phrases himself.

I have picked up quite a few "idea" books, and each and every time, I am pleasantly surprised to see that they are all very different. Like many of you, I'm sure, I have ideas and thoughts written in notebooks with loose pieces of paper sticking out everywhere, and it never ceases to amaze me how many interesting things one can come up with. I can only imagine what songs can be created out of, oh, so many prompts!

So, what else can be said about this book? Other than the great introduction from the author, just knowing that these are all thoughts that Wicker jotted down over the last 40 years made me think about the different phrases at different eras.  For instance, the phrase "You know where I'll be" will take a much different path if you put yourself in the 70s, or 80s than it will if you put yourself in the present. It does create an emotional stirring, as promised. I just needed to read the first 20 ideas to get hooked; then I couldn't stop reading. This book will come in handy on many occasions in my future songwriting sessions.  You can never have too many books providing inspiration.

Visit the author's website at http://www.rickwickersongs.com/ and you can listen to full-length versions of his songs, lyrics and all. After having read his book, visited his website, listened to his music, and even browsed through some of his photographs – he’s a photographer, too! -- I have come to the conclusion that Rick Wicker is not only talented, but also a really genuinely interesting guy. And the ideas that he offers us in his book are, well, really genuinely interesting, too! A must have!