All the Pretty Girls, Kenny Chesney – Flash Jukebox

What if I try to read "All the Pretty Girls," by Kenny Chesney, as a work of flash fiction? I can already hear you. "That doesn't make sense, Benny! That song isn't a story song!" Well, my name isn't Benny, and I'm going to try it anyway. You can listen to the song free on … Continue reading All the Pretty Girls, Kenny Chesney – Flash Jukebox

I Know Places, Taylor Swift – Flash Jukebox

What can be learned from reading song lyrics as flash fiction? Today's song is "I Know Places," performed by Taylor Swift, written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder, and released on the album "1989". Only this song is a little different. The deluxe version of the "1989" album includes explanatory messages from Swift about her … Continue reading I Know Places, Taylor Swift – Flash Jukebox

Burning House, Cam – Flash Jukebox

Note: Are you looking for the meaning of Cam's "Burning House"? Flash fiction has a lot in common with songs. What can be learned by reading song lyrics as flash fiction? Let's take a look at "Burning House," by Cam. If you're unfamiliar with the song, the lyric video is embedded below. "Burning House" is … Continue reading Burning House, Cam – Flash Jukebox

Girl Crush, Little Big Town – Flash Jukebox

What if I read song lyrics as a flash fiction story? Here's Little Big Town's "Girl Crush". If you're not familiar with it, you can view it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjwXbBqiXnU (Incidentally, I've decided to call these articles where I interpret songs as flash fiction "Flash Jukebox" because... well, no good reason. It's just a little … Continue reading Girl Crush, Little Big Town – Flash Jukebox

Dandelion – Kacey Musgraves

What can be learned about flash fiction by examining song lyrics? Let's examine the song-slash-story Dandelion, as performed by Kacey Musgraves. Dandelion was written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally. You can find it on Musgraves' album Same Trailer, Different Park, released in 2013 by Mercury Nashville. Normally I would embed the Vevo … Continue reading Dandelion – Kacey Musgraves

Compass – Lady Antebellum

Flash fiction strives to tell an interesting story within a severely limited word count. Many songs strive to tell an interesting story in just a few minutes. If I were to look at some of my favorite songs on the radio from a flash fiction perspective, would I learn anything interesting? This time: Compass, performed … Continue reading Compass – Lady Antebellum

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely – The Band Perry

Lately I've become interested in flash fiction. It's (comparatively) easy to write an unrestricted short story, but when you add an arbitrary restriction -- 1,000 words, 500 words, or less -- the writer must make an effort to drop unnecessary words, and rely more heavily on the reader to fill in the blanks. Songs are … Continue reading Don’t Let Me Be Lonely – The Band Perry