So here it is, the last official issue of Musical Stories. I'll do a couple of special editions over the next couple of weeks and then we'll be moving on to our new feature, which I still don't have a name for. (Any suggestions welcome!). I'll be doing a post all about it soon, and asking for volunteers to submit, so watch out for that.
It seems fitting that we're ending with romance. After all, isn't love supposed to make the world go round? Whether you believe that or not, I hope you find something to enjoy amongst this week's selections.
The first story has been sitting on two lists for a while, this one and YA. I've included it today because I don't care how old you are, when you feel it you feel it. Boy, does this guy feel it!
The second one, perhaps as a counterpoint to the first, is proof that romance isn't the province of the young. True love is what remains when that first flush, that 'I-can't-bear-to-be-away-from-you' wears off.
The final entry for Musical Stories is one that is very special to me. It's not 'my' song, it doesn't remind me of anyone or anything in my past, I just think it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and although I've heard it sung by many different people, this is the singer I think does it best. This is another one of those songs that I have avoided using because I didn't think it told a full story but, thanks to Denise Covey at L'Aussie Writer I have the answer. It's a vignette. Denise says (and I hope you don't mind me quoting directly from your blog Denise):
"Vignette" is a word that originally meant 'something that may be written on a vine-leaf.' It's a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn't lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot.
(Originally from The Vine Leaves Literary Journal).
Thank you all for sharing my Musical Stories with me, and for all your comments and suggestions.
Some nice choices today!ReplyDelete
Thanks Claudia :-)Delete
Great songs once more.ReplyDelete
I don't think I've ever listened properly to the last song, but it's playing right now, and really lovely.
There's just something about it that always makes me want to cry.Delete
Leave it to Denise to find just the right expression for what a vignette is... how perfectly written.
I love your choices today Sarah... Roberta Flack's haunting love song is truly one of my favorites. No one could give it such sole like Roberta.
I totally agree, Michael, on both counts :-)Delete
My vote goes to Roberta Flack. What a beautiful voice, and delivery, of that song.ReplyDelete
It's absolutely perfect.Delete
Beautiful songs once again. i have heard of Plain White Tees, I thought the band also played "My head is stuck in the clouds?".ReplyDelete
You're right. The song is called Rhythm of Love and the first line is 'My head is stuck in the clouds, she begs me to come down'. It's a really sweet song :-)Delete
How about an entry where you play Happy Melodies with Sad lyrics?ReplyDelete
I like this idea. I would suggest What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts.Delete
I wish I'd thought of this earlier, before I announced the new feature:-)Delete
Brooke, I'll have to check that song out.Delete
Not my style of music, but I can think of a few rock love songs, like Ayreon's "Day Eleven: Love."ReplyDelete
Okay, you know I'm going to have to check that out now :-)Delete
A great way to end Musical Stories, Sarah. And you know how much I love romance. I look forward to reading your new feature!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you loved it - I'm always nervous of how the people who write in the particular genre are going to take 'their' week :-)Delete
I love that Delilah song. It's a story in a song.ReplyDelete
It's a perfect example, isn't it?Delete
hey Sarah it's been a blast listening to all the songs thanks....ReplyDelete
looking forward to what's coming next!
You're very welcome. Hope the next feature proves to be as popular :-)Delete
Roberta Flack does it for me... a classic voice... and what a rendition of the song! *blows a kiss*ReplyDelete
It's just breathtaking.Delete
Great music especially Roberta Flack. A classic song.ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it. I know you're a music lover too :-)Delete
I hear "Hey There Delilah" all over the place--it's nice to find the entire song.ReplyDelete
Roberta Flack has an amazing voice!
Hmmm . . . what about Musical Impressions, as a title for the new feature? Just a thought. :)
Oh, I REALLY like that. Thank you!Delete
That last one always makes me tear up -- especially as performed by Ms. Flack. . .ReplyDelete
Sigh . . .
Glad it's not just me :-)Delete
Oh these songs rip your heart out. You're welcome with the vignette definition, Sarah. It's originally from Vine Leaves Literary Journal.ReplyDelete
I'll point RomanticFridayWriters to this post as I'm starting a song series to write to - beginning with 'I Love You Because'...
Thanks for that Denise, I've updated my post to mention them. I look forward to reading what the RFW's have in store :-)Delete
I can remember the first time ever I heard that song by Roberta Flack. Still slays me.ReplyDelete
It's incredible, isn't it?Delete
I love Delilah. It's one of those songs that you can't help sing along to.ReplyDelete
I know, he just seems so happy :-)Delete
Beautiful songs! I really like the Delilah song. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You're very welcome. Glad you enjoyed them :-)Delete
Oh no, the last one! A great way to wrap it up though.ReplyDelete
I know! It's a bit sad, but I'm glad you liked these :-)Delete
I do believe love makes the world go round! (Should do as I'm a romance writer who's getting married this year)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you of all people believe it :-) So do I, although the 'love' part took a bit of working out!Delete
Deliliah was my fav out of the three ;)ReplyDelete
Ohhhh romance... love it. :D
Oh, me too :-)Delete
Ha. Now I'll be singing Delilah all day.ReplyDelete
Sad to see this session go... But a change is good.
Aye, it was time for something new. Who knows, it may be back :-)Delete
I love the last one. I didn't know the other two.ReplyDelete
I'm at that true love stage with my hubby. :D
Good. That's where everyone should be with their hubbies (or 'honey's' in my case!)Delete
Touching songs and a great way to end your official musical stories.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them :-)Delete
I've not heard a Lorrie Morgan song in ages and, well, Robert Flack, that's perfection.ReplyDelete
Isn't it just!Delete
Only know the one by Roberta Flack. I like the Hey Delilah song. First time I'm hearing it.ReplyDelete
It's just so bubbly isn't it?Delete