Popular music has stopped telling us stories.
The story song used to be a staple of pop, occasionally rock, certainly country. But since the advent of “singers” enslaved to Auto-Tune and “songwriting” done by marketing committee (not to mention the whole “bro-country” movement), the story song (along with other forms of good music) has vanished from the mainstream airwaves.*
Yet there’s a need for those, not least because I have to sing something to my daughter at bedtime. Currently she loves Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and Springsteen’s “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).”
So in the comments below, tell me your favorite story song, and why it speaks to you. You’ll be entered to win one of three advance reader copies of the upcoming fifth Tufa novel, Gather Her Round. The deadline is midnight Sunday, January 29th. Assuming we haven’t been destroyed in a nuclear war by then.
*I’m not one of those cranky old-timers who says there’s no good new music. There’s tons of it. You just won’t hear it on the radio.