Thanks for writing. Lots of people have different ways of getting ideas for writing. John Lennon isn't my favorite, but he's so popular because his songs are universal. Most people like them. I get ideas from watching VH1. I watched 40 of the 50 top videos of 2000 and it was cool hearing how other bands got their ideas and how they wrote songs. Vertical Horizon said they didn't want to make the same record over and over again, which means to me that you have to tackle a lot of subjects or give your audience something new to chew on. Sometimes you'll get a really good idea and that's not good enough. You have to keep a notebook of ideas or you'll forget them or at least not remember them all. Actually sometimes you'll get a good idea, but you just absolutely will not be able to write out the song to save your life. Sometimes years later you'll see that idea again in your notebook and know where to go from there. Sometimes you can write songs from real life if something out of the ordinary happened or you explain your feelings. One recent way I discovered finding new ideas is to go to bmi.com and just look at the titles of great songwriters (Pam Sheyne, Harlan Howard) or even songwriters of songs you hate (will not mention any names!). Since titles can't be copyrighted, you can take the title you see and sometimes it will spark an idea for a completely new song and it will probably not even be close to the original song. As for me, I don't really sing, but I think it would be cool to start a band with my friends in California if I ever moved back. Right now I'm in Tennessee and just write songs.