Friday, April 18, 2014

Story Songs - P: Playboys of the Southwestern World


We're sticking with our Blake Shelton kick! Here's another funny story song about best friends - one of his first - "Playboys of the Southwestern World."

Playboys of the Southwestern World: Blake Shelton

And, in case anyone was still in doubt that I was a country music fan, who could overlook Willie and Merle's great ballad of Pancho and Lefty?

Pancho and Lefty: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story Songs - O: One Woman and a Shovel


Carrie Newcomer is a fantastic folk singer (and many more folk songs could probably make their way onto this list if I listened to it a little more). One of my favorites from her is called, "One Woman and Shovel," about how practical no-nonsense ladies get it done and save a town.

One Woman and a Shovel: Carrie Newcomer

You get a bonus today, because I also love this hilarious story song from Blake Shelton about how a special kind of "puppy love" can orchestrate a jailbreak.

Ol' Red: Blake Shelton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Story Songs - N: Night that the Lights Went Out in Georgia


This is the song that made me want to choose "story songs" as a theme for this year's challenge. Can you imagine this on paper? In novel format? On bookshelves? Powerful stuff. 

It's sung by the incomparable Reba McEntire who "plays" the sister's role as the story unfolds. For those keeping score at home, this is THE country vengeance ballad.

The Night that the Lights Went Out in the Georgia: Reba McEntire

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Story Songs - M: Meatloaf


When it comes to story songs, I think Meatloaf and Jim Steinman helped write the book! These sagas are EPIC. Many clock in at more than eight minutes. I love the use of competing male and female vocals to tell the story! Plus...they're almost better in parody. :)

Paradise By the Dashboard Light

I Would Do Anything For Love

Monday, April 14, 2014

Story Songs - L: Lightning


This is another one of those haunting country songs - made more so by the fact that it's told from the bad guy's perspective as he's about to pay for his crime. It's an incredible, eerie piece that stays with you.

Lightning: Eric Church

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Story Songs - K: King, The Lion


Haha, yes, this is yet another full soundtrack that makes it onto the list. Disney's Lion King is arguably one of the best original animated films of all time, and it's Broadway adaptation only takes it even further. I loved Simba's story as a kid and love it still! It's a great soundtrack to write to because of its vast range of emotions and kick-butt vocals.

Here are some of the tracks that give me goosebumps and fill me with inspiration Every. Single. Time.

The Circle of Life

He Lives in You


Endless Night 

The Roar!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Story Songs - J: Johnny Cash


The Man in Black is a music legend. Here's one of his lighter story songs for a brawling good time!

A Boy Named Sue: Johnny Cash