Mind Readings: Generative AI Performs Best With Uniquely Human Inputs

Mind Readings: Generative AI Performs Best With Uniquely Human Inputs

In today’s episode, you’ll learn how to transform a simple piece of writing into a captivating song using the power of generative AI. You’ll discover the importance of providing AI with specific, detailed instructions and how to use the Trust Insights PAIR framework to guide your process. We’ll explore tools like Suno and Gemini, using them to analyze writing styles, generate lyrics, and even compose original music. Tune in to unlock your creativity and find out how to make your content stand out!


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In today’s episode, let’s walk through and talk through how you might convert one piece of content into another piece of content that would be highly entertaining, that would be different, that would be unique, could be fun, etc.

I’m specifically talking about using generative AI to ingest, say, standard writing and convert it into a song.

Now, why would you do something like this? Well, because you want to stand out, because you want to make something that’s fun, that’s lighthearted, that is different, that is creative, that is thoughtful, and that communicates things in a different way.

My friend Ann Handley publishes this really fantastic newsletter. It’s called Total Annarchy—a pun on her name—which you can find over at annehandley.com. And, she published this issue on Sunday, June 9th, which is about all all the major, big shifts in marketing.

Traditional SEO is dying, Google is is whacking businesses in the knees with the baseball, AI is is breaking everything. All these big things are happening. What does it mean for us? It means we should be working on being more human, building on trust and affinity, focusing on what brings us joy, etc. It’s a really good issue. It’s a really good issue for a newsletter.

So, what could we do with this? What if you wanted to change change this into something else?

There are some really fun AI-based services. There’s one here called Suno, for example, that is—allows you to give the service a prompt. And, let’s go ahead and go to the home tab here, go to “Create and start over”.

There we go.

And, you can put in sort of instructions, short prompts to get to—create.

One of the challenges of creating something is you—unique and different—is that you need to have a starting point. One of the things that people do most wrong with generative AI is they give very generic, boring, bland instructions. And, of course, that creates generic, boring, and bland outputs. So, we don’t want to do that.

The good news is: if we start with a really solid input, we can create a really cool output. And, a newsletter is an example of a really strong input.

What if we could take the way that Ann writes and do something fun with it? Now, Ann is a self-professed, really big Taylor Swift fan. What if Suno could replicate something that was inspired by, but not derivative of, the way that Taylor Swift works? The way you would do this is you would have generative AI first understand that and then perform that way.

So, let’s take a look at this. We would say, “What are the major components of writing style?” and it comes up with things: diction, sentence structure, tone, and voice, and say, “Okay, well, great. But, songwriting style, you have: rhythm and rhyme, lyrical imagery, storytelling, voice, perspective, musicality, and flow.”

That’s pretty good. That that’s a good explanation. This, by the way, we are using the PAIR framework from Trust Insights to build this. If you want to learn how to do this, go to trustinsights.ai/pair, get the PDF. It’s free, no forms to fill out, etc., etc.

So, we’ve now preloaded, we’ve primed, the model with an understanding of what good songwriting is. Now, we can then say, well, “Here is—let’s take that framework of components, analyze the song and provide a detailed outline of the songwriting style for each of these components. So, take Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’.”

And, it says, “Let’s break it down to rhythm and rhyme, meter and rhyme, rhyme scheme, repetition, conciseness, and impact, metaphor, symbolism, narrative, emotional arc, etc.” So, it does this nice, strong analysis, taking apart this this song and saying, “Here’s the here’s how it was made. This is kind of like the recipe.” So, it’s not the finished good because we don’t want to copy—we don’t want to don’t want to just make a carbon copy. We want to understand how it was made. And, this goes through a lot of that.

Say, “Okay, well, that’s great. Convert this analysis—this really detailed analysis—into a prompt for a language model to follow, saying: ‘The purpose of the prompt is to have the user submit some plain, written prose and have the language model convert it into a song using the writing style components of this song. It is essential that none of the actual lyrics of the original are used. Instead, the key elements of the songwriting framework to convert the prose.’”

So, again, we want to emphasize, we’re not going to copy and paste Taylor’s original song. We are instead going to take inspiration from the way—the methodology—that she uses.

And, it creates these lovely system instructions. We add a bit more specificity and get the full prompt. This prompt then goes into the custom instructions for—I’m using Gemini, but you could use this in ChatGPT.

There’s our custom instructions. Now, we give this thing Ann’s newsletter and say, “Here’s the prose to convert into song lyrics.” And, it does a nice job of this. I did specify, “Hey, I want this to slightly shorter verse one, chorus, verse two because Suno has length limits on the length of the song. It can only make a song that’s four minutes long. Typically, if you give it something like verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, outro, it hits that four-minute limit.” We want to keep it short.

So, verse one, chorus, verse two, chorus, bridge, outro. And, it comes up with some nice lyrics.

One of the things that a service like Suno shines best at—and, again, this is true of all generative AI: the more data you bring, the better it performs—like, it does a really—I think—mediocre job of creating its own lyrics for it because you only get, like, 200 characters to prompt it. I don’t think that’s great. So, instead, what we do is we provide it all the lyrics ourselves—from Gemini, from the from AI Studio in here. And, we put it in.

We then need to provide it with a style—how that music sounds.

So, if you go to Gemini, we say, “How would you describe the musical style of this song?”

The genre, tempo instrumentation, melody, lyrics, structure, production, overall vibe. And, what about things like chord progression—more technical aspects of the music? Chord progression.

It goes through all the stuff and then say, “Great, create a 120-character prompt” because that’s the amount of space you are allowed to use here for this. That goes in here, too.

And then, fun, I said, “Okay, I need five candidate song titles for this.”

What we’ve now done is we’ve taken a great piece of original content—Ann’s newsletter—revised and refined and distilled it down into song lyrics using generative AI, analyzed a style of writing that we want to leverage to create something, and ultimately turn it into a piece of music. Now, this isn’t going to win any Grammys.

It’s okay. It’s it’s not amazing. It’s it’s pretty good. But, it’s not, like, “Wow, it’s so good,” because it’s—it is stylistically derivative. It’s—it—generative AI will never create something that is completely and totally net new because it is trained on things that already exist. That’s just—that’s the nature of a prediction machine. It predicts based on what it’s already seen.

Can it cross genres and do mashups and stuff like that? Absolutely. Can it interpret and understand and blend things together and do synthesis? Absolutely. But, it can never create something that has never been seen before because you can’t predict what’s never happened.

So, what did we come up with? How did this sound? Well, let’s take the next four minutes to give a listen.

We’ll be right back.

And, there you have it. There is—there’s a song. It captures really well a lot of the spirit of the original piece, a lot of the spirit of Ann’s newsletter. It does a great job of distilling out many of the points that she made in this piece—the bits about LinkedIn and SEO and Google and artificial intelligence, why you sign your work, how important it is that marketing is supposed to be fun—it’s supposed to bring you joy. All that’s in there, and all that made that into the song.

So, the key takeaway here is: if you want really great output from generative AI, start with really great input. Start with a really great input and stuff that’s unique. Your own writing, your own ideas, your own voicemail transcripts, or whatever, is going to make a difference. You’re going to perform better for creating unique content than just a prompt because a prompt is generic, right? “Write me a story about a princess falling in love,”—that’s pretty generic. If you brought in, like, the tale of Cinderella or the tale of Frozen or any of the—anything that is the actual source material, generative AI is going to have an easier time working with it, and it’s going to create better output.

So, you should have a content library. Folks will, in the ad world, called a swipe file. It is a way to store things that you think are really inspirational, really good. You should have a library, especially of your own stuff, things that have performed well in the past, ideas, creative executions, drawings, music, whatever you’ve got on hand. And, that’s what you should be using as sort of the fodder—the raw materials—to feed to generative AI. It will make—it will make more of you as opposed to more generic stuff. And, in an era when everyone and their cousin’s going to be using generic prompts and generic stuff, you have the opportunity to stand out with your really good, original content. So, stuff that is uniquely you, which exactly reinforces what I was saying in the newsletter.

So, just thought you’d enjoy that fun walkthrough. Thanks for tuning in. We’ll talk to you next time.

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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