sometimes i drive around in my car, going nowhere just to listen to the same song over and over again to figure out why I like it so much. I drive around in circles in nashville all the time just playing one song over and over.. sometimes I drive past my house just to keep listening bc I don't want the song to end. I always wanted to figure out why certain songs were so  good..every time I write one song I think might be good I'm already worried about the next one. sometimes it does feel like magic, because it starts so strangely with just sound and a feeling... you're not even sure what you want to say and something just comes over you.. and you're trying to figure out what it is... real experiences always help trigger ideas for me... (which is probably obvious, but sometimes you can get in your head and try to "think" of an idea.. but I find living it is the best way to "brainstorm." there's no work involved ;)  the more real something is, the easier I can write about it.