Call me nostalgic, but I really miss songs that tell a story. Traditionally these were called ballads. These days, that term is usually reserved for sappy slows songs that adorn Disney movies (cough, cough, Phil Collins, cough). There was a time, though, that a song like Eleanor Rigby could be appreciated as literature as well as for its musical merit.
Do know the story of Eleanor Rigby? Seems like Sir Paul gave us just enough to gather some great images, but not enough to spell the whole thing out. Sometimes I just want to sit down and write the story of Eleanor Rigby. I mean, all the lonely people, where do they all come from? Maybe I know. The Beatles have a few songs that do this to me. Man, I wish I could write like The Beatles.
There are some other musician that are also good for this kind of inspiration: Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd and, lately, Kelly Clarkson. Yeah, I said it. So, you guys want to go in with me?
I call dibs on Eleanor Rigby.