Am I the only one who feels like there has to be some story behind that song by Madonna and my boy, Justin? Four minutes to save the world from what? Why four minutes? Why not twenty-six minutes or two days? Every time I hear that song I feel like I should be inspired to come up with a story to match it. I haven’t yet but someday I think I will.
Do you ever hear a song that inspires you to write a story? Not a song that reminds you of a story that you already have, but one that sparks the imagination. This actual happens to me fairly frequently. Like this one. http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sgo6O63U4i8 I heard it one day and I thought, “What sort of woman is this? What kind of character would she be?” And the result was Helen Harding who turned out to be the heroine of my Birdwell, Texas mystery series. I appreciate Billy Joel for that.
Or this one. http://youtube.com/watch?v=F8rHJrXgm7Y I heard it on the radio and totally latched on to the second verse about the man who’d had the accident. Thus was born Evan Quinn, or just Quinn for the most part, a man who’d had a promising career as a race car driver and who now has a prosthetic leg and a job as a pharmacist that puts him in exactly the right position to solve a murder.
Or this one. http://youtube.com/watch?v=CQ7aXV6xm3w This song inspired my one and only straight category romance, aside from the Presents I just wrote. A story of a singer hero and a heroine who was married to him for one week when he was a nobody and now has his son to show for it even though she’s never bothered to tell him. But they don’t still get together like the people in the G.B. song do. In fact, they never speak at all.
Anyway, do you ever hear songs that tell you a story. Granted, it may be a story that has nothing whatsoever to do with the real story of the song. But it tells you a story none the less. Tell me about them. Pretty please.