The first time I heard Belle & Sebastian’s Storytelling, I stopped dead in the middle of a run. From the very first line of the very first verse, I was sucked in; the lyrics are so, so spot on it was like the duo were actually talking to me. The song is part of a soundtrack for Todd Solondz’ film of the same name where “college and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.” I still haven’t seen the movie, but it’s on my (extensive) TBW list.
Picture a scene in your mind
Look at all the people and take note of the setting behind
Listen, watch, and wait
A plot begins to take shape
There’s a story
And then characters will come to you
Relating events as they choose to
But all their words and actions come entirely from you…
Pay particular attention to the last verse. It’s a perfect end note.
Have you seen Storytelling? What did you think? Does this song reflect how you write?
I’ll be back later with a post on Goodreads and the new Scholastic social network, You Are What You Read .Read More