Songs Inspire Memories and Stories
Thank you, Sasha, for inviting me to guest blog.
My newest release, Sharp Dressed Man, takes a song as inspiration.
It happens to be a popular 80s song, but it also makes me remember certain times in my youth. And all songs do that in some way or another.
I remember listening to Poison’s “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” while driving around late at night with friends during high school. Or listening to George Strait while sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about what I’d be doing after I graduate.
I’m sure everyone has memories like that and songs that take you back to a certain moment in your life: good or bad. Also, songs have inspired a lot of my stories.
Even something as simple as one lyric from a certain song can spark an idea. Nowhere Dining: Finding Love was inspired by two songs: “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere” by Miranda Lambert and “White Trash Beautiful” by Everlast. Both wonderful songs that tell their own stories.
Because really isn’t that what a song is? A very short story telling us about a person’s heartache – Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” or about their happiness “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Saying good-bye to someone for the last time “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones – or someone’s fight against drug abuse like in “Heroin Diaries” by SIXX A.M.
Every song we listen to on every radio station can and will speak to someone at some point in their lives. It might be just a catchy tune to you right now, but some day in the future, you might hear those same words and realize what they mean to you at that moment.
Books and stories are the same way. Each time you read one, you have the possibility to read a phrase, a sentence, or a paragraph that etches itself indelibly on your mind or heart. So that you remember it months after you’ve finished the story.
At least that’s what all the good ones should do for you. And a lot of great songs have done to me over the years.
Please take a moment to listen to your favorite song, and think about what it means to you in your heart or a memory it might bring back.
Thanks again, Sasha, for having me.
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