i actually had comments both here and on facebook. so i will address these treatments of bands that my readers thought might make good musicals.
first up Explosions in the Sky
i like this band a whole lot, but the fact that there are no lyrics makes them only a background soundtrack, which they have already done in “Friday Night Lights”. now don’t get me wrong, this is pure sonic goodness, but I don’t think we could write a treatment for a musical. possibly a ballet, but i’m thinking no!
for sure the lyrical content of Adam Duritz makes for great story telling. i mean his songs are stories in themselves. Jeff had a great treatment of this in his comment and since he is my friend who is the resident expert on this band, i would have to collaborate with him. i’m sure this could be the next great rock opera to hit the scene.
in my conversation with Jeff about this subject, i mentioned another of his favorites. Ben Folds…
we both agreed that the show would definitely have to be rated R because of Ben’s fondness for the F-bomb. again, though, another amazing story teller. of course the two main characters would have to be Zak without a “c” and Sara without an “h”.
a friend of mine from High School joked to me that Michael Jackson songs might make a good story.
he then said something about Michael’s penchant for little boys and France. i do think “Thriller” is a story in itself, and you can probably take any song and put it into a story. but i’m really not a fan, and would not be too passionate about doing a story on “the gloved one”.
one of my former students chimed in on how they would give their left arm to have a musical written based on Jars of Clay songs
so if you need a left arm, get to work. I think Jars have a lot of great songs. maybe a wonderful redemption story. i can think of 4 songs for the opening for sure.
so there you have it, people actually weighed in, and i had the most hits on my blog ever yesterday. not that stats count. only good writing. i hope that you feel you get something here. i’m by no means an expert, but i will continue to write as it is fun and therapuetic for me.
have a great day