Presenting a new member of the family


I'm reading Brian Boyd's On the Origins of Stories, and thinking (once again) about the storytelling process. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how a good songwriter can evoke, in the space of a few minutes, stories with the kind of emotional power that I'd require a whole novel, or at least a short story, to create. The Suzanne Vega song above is a case in point, as is Tracy Chapman's heartbreaking classic, Fast Car (which never fails to remind me of my mother).