Saturday, January 7, 2012

Musical Stories 23: Crime

Thank you guys for your wonderful comments on my last post. I haven't answered them all yet, but I will do so over the weekend. I know I've said it before, and I expect I will say it again, but this really is an awesome community. For those of you who were asking, the story I referred to in my last post can be found here at Laura's blog, Daily Dodo.

After our holiday break, we're back to our regularly scheduled episode of Musical Stories. This week, it's crime and I've got three fantastic songs for you. Although of course I would say that, wouldn't I?

The first story this week is a grim reminder that we really need to check our facts before rushing in to mete out our own brand of vengeance. Or not, of course. In writing, we can make our characters do whatever we want, and never mind the tragic consequences!

Our second story definitely leaves us with more questions than answers. How and why being the two most obvious. This may not be a story in the true sense of the word, but the first two lines alone make this a must-listen as far as I'm concerned. When I grow up, I want to be able to write simple, perfect description like this.

The final entry this week is one that I've considered including, and rejected, twice before. Not because it isn't a crime story, it is. Not because I don't like it, I love it. But because I thought it was 'too' famous. Too obvious. Then I heard this version for the first time, and problem solved. Something slightly different for you. It's a duet between the original singer and his daughter, recorded in 2007, 30 years after his death. If there is one single person who listens to this today who can honestly tell me they have never heard any version of this song, I will write a limerick with their name in it for them! (I chose that because I can only ever write four lines, so it would be a major task for me – I'm confident I won't have to do it though).

I had a lot of fun choosing this week, I hope you enjoy listening.

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  1. Lovely picks and I find it great that you shared the story with us!

  2. trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!


  3. Sarah, that was an awesome story!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Aloha,

    My name is Juan Frederico Del Monte - Humbleberk Schmidt.

    I have never heard this song and request the Limerick based upon my last name :)

  5. Beautiful story, Sarah -- "I is a Laura." Perfect.

    I like the music, too!

  6. Sarah - A great story! Thanks for sharing. And as to the songs? They are wonderful as ever. Have you heard Carole King's Smackwater Jack? Here it is:

  7. I loved your story, Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing it with us =)
    Loved the songs, too. Especially the last one.

  8. I cast my vote for Elvis and his daughter's song. I'm not sure if she sings much, but it would be nice to hear more of Lisa Marie's work.

  9. Yes - Elivis tops the list for me! The old but brilliant songs are often the best. Happy New Year to you!

  10. I like the song by Sam Cooke. It reminds me of Shakespeare's play, "Othello". And yeah...jealousy can make people commit terrible crimes and oftentimes...based on unfounded claims.

  11. Awesome! I love being able to read the lyrics just in case I miss one or two words or hear them wrong.

  12. Yeah... pretty sure I've never heard any of these songs.

  13. Hi, Sarah, I like to consider myself a huge music fan, so these musical stories are super neat. I particularly like the one you considered and rejected twice and I'm glad you decided to post it. And I'm glad you explained why. Awesome.

  14. Wow - that song with Elvis and Lisa Marie was so poignant, more bc of how much they both missed due to his poor choices. So avoidable, unlike the characters in that song.

  15. Sarah, your picks are always spot on--how do you narrow it down so well? Love Morrissey.

  16. Your story was unbelievable awesome. It totally fit Laura's profile and it's just such a cool fairy-tale for her. Loved it!!

    Great songs, there. I love these kind of stories and I'm also a Morrissey fan, so yay. Have you ever heard the Bonnie & Clyde song by Serge Gainsborough and Bridgitte Bardot? It's in French, but it's a great crime story. I just love Bonnie and Clyde.

  17. Hi you - see - loads of fab comments appearing under your story at my place... and I had a call from my sister's bloke asking if you had any stuff available on kindle... (!)

    Gorgeous pics for the songs... do you take requests for themes for your musical stories - imagine someone giving you a short pitch for their wip and you choosing 3 - you'd be awesome at that :)

    Happy new week
    Laura xxx

  18. Great picks!

    You are excellent at choosing songs for each subject. :)

  19. Ohh I've missed your song recommendations... These are all great. In the ghetto is so my fav... going to play it again:)

  20. Sam Cooke had so many good songs in such a short career. And he contributed so much to the early sounds of souls music. Such a tragic early end to an amazing career. Thanks for the clip!

  21. Sarah, as always amazing songs and stories. I like the sound of Smackwater Jack too.


  22. That's a cool version of In the Ghetto. I'd not heard that before.

  23. Start limericking. ;-P I've never heard the song in my life before.

  24. ooh thanks for sharing! And great song choices this week

  25. Sam seems too young to have a cigarette in his mouth!
    Great songs with some stirring lyrics.

  26. Fantastic tracks! I'm starting to gain a better appreciation for music overall - not just soundtracks. :)

  27. Wow, Franky and Johnny really takes me back. Haven't heard of thought of that song in ages.

    Isn't modern technology awesome. I think it's wonderful when I see duets where one is the parent who died when the other was very young.

  28. I love In the Ghetto so you can breath easy again. You'll not need to write a limerick with my name especially as there's very little that rhymes with Rosalind!

    Have you ever included Stagger Lee in your crime songs? It was by Lloyd Price and although it was before my time (honest!) my older sister had the 45 record of it and I used to play it over and over again even though the story is a bit violent.

  29. Really love In the Ghetto, didn't know this version though.

  30. I've never heard the first song, but I am a HUGE Morrisey and Elvis fan! So much so that I have a huge Bradford drawing of Morrisey in my bedroom and I was married by Elvis in Vegas! Thanks for the songs! Lil Demon and I had fun singing and dancing along.

  31. Great choices as always. (I thought about lying just to make you have to write that limerick, but thought better of it.)

  32. Great songs.

    I can't believe I didn't hear the Morrissey song before. I love his stuff.

  33. Hope all is going well! Keep up the good work here, and many thanks for stopping by my blog last week!

  34. Happy New Year!

    LOVED your picks. You do a great job.

  35. I only recognize one of those three songs (exposing myself as the musical ignoramus that I am)...thanks for a little lyrical education this morning!

  36. I loved the Morrissey one. Thanks Sarah. Crime is right up my street :)

  37. Aloha,

    I just posted that you've won an award from me :)

    So there.

  38. Great songs on this post. I'm a big fan of Morrissey.

  39. Love it. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Claudia - Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the songs too.

    Cristina - Aww, thank you so much.

    Mark - Dear Mr-Del Monte-Humbleberk-Schmidt, your limerick will be forthcoming as soon as we receive a notarised copy of your birth certificate :-)

    Thank you for the award, it's much appreciated.

    So there ;-)

    Sarah W - Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked them both.

    Margot - Oh, that's just perfect! And I love Carole King so watch out for this in the next series :-)

    inluvwithwords - Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the songs too.

    Joanne - She made a couple of albums about ten years ago, I think, but I read somewhere she's going to try again.

    Pat - it really is a beautiful, if sad, song isn't it?

    Michael - Good point about Othello. Jealousy and gossip, a deadly combination.

    Emily - I use the ones with lyrics when I can. It';s like home karaoke :-)

    Brooke - I'm still working on your limerick :-)

  41. J. M. Blackman - Welcome to you. I just had a peek at your blog. As soon as I saw you'd mentioned Seven Nation Army, I knew I was going to enjoy reading it :-)

    Melodie - So true, and what a waste.

    Julie F - Aww, thank you. It takes hours, and is the reason why I couldn't stop after the first series as I intended to :-)

    Shell Flower - Thank you for those lovely words. I listened to the song. I love it. Why do things sound so much more atmospheric in French?

    Laura - The comment about your sister's bloke absolutely made my week, thank you. Also, you could be onto something with your pitch idea. I'm giving it serious thought, so thank you again!

    The Golden Eagle - Thank you. While people keep enjoying them, I'll keep picking them :-)

    Tania - It's just so beautiful and sad, isn't it?

    Stephen - I totally agree. What a huge loss that was.

    Denise - I'm definitely using Smackwater Jack next time :-)

    Lynda - It was new to me too, I'm glad it worked so well.

    Misha - Me and my big mouth! Yours is the second I'm working on :-)

    Elizabeth A - Thank you :-)

    Sarah A - Thank you, and I'm glad you enjoyed the songs too.

    L D Masterson - Thank you :-)

  42. Madeleine - I know. It seems weird looking at it now, doesn't it?

    David - Although there are some amazing soundtracks too. Lord of the Rings, Bladerunner, World of Warcraft ...

    Donna W - I totally agree. It gives people chances that we could only dream of a few years ago.

    Rosalind - Phew! I think I would have had to use your surname :-)

    Stagger Lee! Thank you for the reminder. I love that song. It's been added to my list for the next series.

    Joy - It's lovely, isn't it?

    Heather - I love that you were married by Elvis :-)

    Patsy - Thank you! I have 2 I have to write. I should keep my big mouth shut :-)

    Madeia - It's not one of his better known ones, but it's one of my favourites.

    Lauren - Thank you, and you're very welcome :-)

    Jennifer S - That's a nice thing to say, thank you :-)

    Vicki - I hope the one you recognised was 'In the Ghetto', or that will be another limerick I'll have to write :-)

    Rebecca - You know you're one of the people I always think of when picking crime songs, along with Margot Kinberg :-)

    Theresa - Thanks. Me too :-)

    Ciara - Thank you so much.

  43. Icedgurl - So sorry I missed you, thank you for visiting :-)


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