There are tons of songs that can help you learn the art of story. Nowadays the radio is filled with songs that all talk about how much the artists love their boo. Or how good their significant other looks in jeans. Or some other ill fated assault on our intelligence.
But some songs are the result of excellent story telling woven into a tapestry of sound. Check out these songs and let them help shape how you tell a story.
“A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash
The Man in Black always has a way with words. This Shel Silverstein (yes, it’s the guy you’re thinking of) is a geat work of fiction. Let yourself listen to it as many times as you would like.
“The Lighthouse Tale” – Nickel Creek
I dare you not to cry.
“Please Take Me Home” – Blink 182
Ah. Young love lost. And also friendship. And pop punk. Quite possibly the greatest genre of music ever invented. Maybe not. But still maybe.
“Walls” – Emery
A haunting tale of someone who has completely closed themselves off because of scorn from a lover. And an awesome breakdown. The last line tells it all: “These walls…this place…means everything to me.”
“The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty” – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Who doesn’t love tales of Mexican banditos?!
Got any more? There are plenty. Go find your favorite and see what you can learn.