New YouTube Channel For Your Ear/Eye Holes

 

I have been doing a weekly music feature on this blog for the last four months called “Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song.” And now I’ve created a YouTube playlist to go along with it. I’ll be updating the playlist every week as I add a new song.

The series is an exploration of the lyrical narrative in some of my favorite music. Last week I posted my 21st installment about the classic Whiskeytown track “16 Days.” For those of you new to the concept, here’s a complete list of all the songs featured to date starting with the most recent:

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been published by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#18)

There seems to be an awful lot of Brian Wilson in my life these days. And not just on classic rock radio, my iPod shuffle, or the turntable. I depend on finding him in those places, but this is something else. In particular, I’ve been hearing the song “Love & Mercy” a lot of new places this year. Like the recent biopic of the same name starring John Cusack (Excellent, by the way). Or in the low-budget documentary “The Beach Boys and The Satan” that I just watched on Amazon Prime (campy, half-baked and awesome). It was even in the season finale of “The Walking Dead” earlier this year (I predict that Zombies are about to get REALLY popular).

While it’s impossible to understand why a Brian Wilson solo track from 1988 is stalking me, it’s hard to deny that it’s a perfect song. It features an unbelievable mix of beautiful music, melody and harmony coupled with Wilson’s familiar brand of melancholy. But “Love & Mercy” is also a story song at heart, featuring a disillusioned protagonist who stumbles through a lonely and violent world. Whether sitting in a crummy movie, lying in his room or standing in a bar, he’s crying out for a little relief from the anxiety and brutality that surrounds us all. That makes him a hero in my book.

Read the lyrics to “Love & Mercy” HERE.

Previous installments in this series:

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.