Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#5)

I discovered Leonard Cohen pretty late in the game. I was already in my early 20s and playing drums for a grunge band in Eastern Europe. Acoustic guitars didn’t always jibe with my rock and roll self-image at the time.

Thankfully, my lead singer was a devout fan and turned me on to a lot of his music. Needless to say, it blew my mind. That band went on to do loud and sloppy covers of both “Suzanne” and “Tower of Song”.

There’s not much else to say about Leonard Cohen’s genius lyrics, except that I think that “Suzanne” is probably one of the best short stories ever written.

Read the lyrics for “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen right HERE.

 

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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, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2016.

Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#1)

I had a friend in college who used to whip out an acoustic guitar and play this song in its entirety at just the right moment. At the time I was more impressed at my friend’s memory than I was by the song itself (we may have been in a slightly altered state…). And then years later I actually bought the album. It’s hard to beat “El Paso” for storytelling in song, but some of my other favorites from “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs” include “Cool Water,” “A Hundred and Sixty Acres” and “Big Iron“.

Read the lyrics for “El Paso” by Marty Robbins right HERE.

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 in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.