I love short specific lines that are so evocative of a day and time and moment. I listen to a lot of Jason Isbell’s music. He does this all the time.
“Dreamsicle on a summer night in a folding lawn chair…”
Just like that, it’s 1987 and I’m a first grader with a sparkler on the 4th of July. How do writers do that? What makes it work?
I love to think about these things.
I don’t think that I’ve come close to Isbell’s lyrics but it’s fun to try. I know this has come through in my writing. I’m not prepared today with a work sample! I wonder if I might give it a try before the end of the month. Not that I’ll write a song, but perhaps aim for that same short evocative use of language.
What do you notice in the lyrics or prose you are seeing/hearing these days?