Wordplay Wednesday: Stories in the Music
As my husband and I returned from a beach trip over the weekend we had our satellite radio turned to an oldies station. Confession: on long car trips we like to sing along to hits from the 60’s. Neither of us has much of a singing voice, but we enjoy singing and laughing and remembering the songs of that era. We each have associations and memories connected to certain songs and we often discuss those along the way. That got me to thinking about using song titles as writing prompts.
Music is a powerful medium. It can stimulate memories, help us make connections between ideas and prompt strong visual images.
Below I have included a list of song titles along with the original artist and the year each came out. I am sure that you could think up others of your favorites as well.
Here are two suggestions for using the song titles as prompts:
1. Choose a familiar title on the list or one of your own and write down memories you associate with that song. Let a song take you down memory lane.
2. Choose a song title that you do not recognize and simply create a story, poem, essay, or art piece based on what the words bring to mind. Let a song title inspire you.
The list below is in no particular order. They are simply titles I thought would be fun to play around with.
River Deep, Mountain High Ike and Tina Turner 1966
Moonlight Drive The Doors 1967
Foreclosure of a Dream Megadeth 1992
There is a Light That Never Goes out The Smiths 1992
You Can’t Always Get What You Want Rolling Stones 1969
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1975
In the Wee Small Hours of The Morning Frank Sinatra 1955
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack 1969
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For U2 1987
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1968
She Talks to Rainbows The Ramones 1995
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself Dusty Springfield 1964
Imagine John Lennon 1971
God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1966
Let it Be The Beatles 1970
Can you add to the list? Did an idea reveal itself? I would love to hear what you come up with.