Lots of creativity on YouTube, especially in music. And if there’s anything I love more than family, friends, pets, and chocolate, it’s stories set to music.
Recently one of my step-sons, from a previous misdemeanor, posted Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” on FaceBook. I hadn’t heard that song in years so I gave it a listen, and it still makes me laugh. Love Guthrie’s style of story-telling; the pauses, and his way with words. I’d post it here but it’s over twenty minutes long and statistics say the average primate doesn’t have that long an attention span, so I’m going to post Bob Dylan’s “Man in the Long Black Coat“. It’s slow, it’s creepy, and it’s short. You can hardly tell what Bob is saying (per usual), but the song instantly put me in mind of Stephen King’s character, Randall Flagg, from King’s novel, The Stand. Great book.
Bob Dylan has written over 400 songs. I can’t tell you the exact number because no one seems to agree, but there are lots. The man can’t sing but he can sure tell a story. A writer can learn a lot from Bob.
And who doesn’t like stories about horses? Especially if it’s Johnny Cash singing it?
Romance, bad guys getting beat up by the good guys, children and foals. Again, what not to love?
And how about dogs? Regulars to my website know I love dogs. This music video about a Pug is both funny and sad, like most good stories are. Be sure to read the blurb at the end.
Seems wrong to laugh at brain damage. But…maybe laughter is the best medicine.
For a good story to be memorable it has to evoke a strong emotion in the reader. Sympathy, or empathy, for the good guy; dislike, fear or maybe contempt for the bad. Music helps to generate these feelings, amplify them, if you will.
Enjoy autobiographies? Why not listen to the story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the best musicians ever to pick up a guitar, and another talent with a tragic, early end. This clip is long, so only click it if you have a love for the blues and time to listen.
So many distractions to choose from, only so much time to spare. But do me a favour. Always pick music over Jerry Springer. Please.
And what the hell. If you’ve already wasted this much time reading this post, you might as well listen to this infamous piece of hippie history.