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 →


What is the Meaning of Cam’s “Burning House”

Ever since my last post, this site has been getting a lot of search hits wondering about the meaning of Cam's song "Burning House". It's about a bad breakup. cough Well, that was easy. Of course, that's only if you take the songwriter's word for it.┬áThere's a school of thought that says┬áthat the author's interpretation... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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