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 (#9)

I know, I know—doing a blog about Steve Earle’s fantastic storytelling and NOT picking “Copperhead Road” borders on sacrilege. The thing is, music is all about the emotional connections you create with it. In my case, “El Corazon” was the soundtrack to a particularly colorful period in my late twenties. And “N.Y.C.” is the track that most consistently taps those memories.

It’s also a really great short story.

The story is simple on the surface: An older guy picks up a young hitchhiker who is rambling his way to New York City because he “heard the girls are pretty.” As the song evolves, you find out  the older guy had made a similar pilgrimage many years before, only to go home with his tail between his legs. It is a tale of adventure, jealousy and regret—and it all happens in three-and-a-half minutes.

Read the lyrics for N.Y.C. by Steve Earle right HERE.

 

Ah, screw it. Here’s “Copperhead Road” too.

Previous installments in this series:

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey, Dead Guns Magazine and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.