“… the stories!” we all said, finishing her sentence.
I was having lunch with a client team at a utility. We were getting to know each other in advance of a large, time-sensitive project where we would need to work together closely. In the early “getting to know you” phase of our conversation, it turned out most of us liked country music.
I recently started listening to country music, thanks mainly to the ABC-TV drama Nashville, which is wrapping up its third season. The show draws millions of viewers each week for the same reason country music is so popular — the stories! Some country songs have pretty colorful titles. Thematically, they’re pretty straightforward. From a story-telling perspective, here are some of my favorites:
- Boy falls in love in the back of a cop car
- Girl hits a bar to dance and drink away the memories of a bad boyfriend
- How to know when the Right One comes along
This list is not meant to be reductive, but neither is it meant to be exhaustive. Instead, I’m trying to show that simple stories can be powerful if they touch an emotional chord with the audience. Read more »