Friday Afternoon Musings on Music and Writing

Narrative

The whole song acts as one long story, and a heartbreaking one at that. I can’t decide, however, if if this pre-music video recording of the band is a good or bad thing. On the one hand, no one has mucked a pretty awesome song with a terrible video. On the other, that hair–that hair!

Still love the song.

Expository

Sure, the video tells a compelling narrative story, but the lyrics themselves are part memoir, part history lesson, part description. I love that the lyrics work as expository writing, but with the marriage of words and visuals (pun only partly intended)—just as in a good picture book—something entirely different and more interesting is created.

Persuasive

Okay, so maybe I don’t personally find this one all that persuasive, but the object of Nelly’s affection seems entirely swayed by his suggestion that “it’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes.” Indeed, she seems to find it a singularly good idea and immediately complies. And, hey, just because it doesn’t persuade me doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for someone else.

And that’s what I’m thinking about on this steamy Friday afternoon. For indeed, it is getting hot in here, but unlike Nelly’s lass, I’ll keep my clothes on as I work, thank you very much!