My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.
Matter About Subject Matter
Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them.
Had I Ideas
I had my own musical ideas that Mick helped me with as well.
Had I My Own
I'll come in with a string of riffs and direct the musical ideas. But you still need a band and their input to make the ideas come alive. You can't underestimate band chemistry.
Ideas Make Alive