The “Sting” of the past

I’m on a TED Talks kick, but I liked Sting’s talk “How I started writing songs again” because it deals with writing what you know effectively.

It’s hard to write about emotional connections without just straight up ranting. How can you get your audience involved in your emotional baggage instead of making them run? How can you tell your experience through various characters’ eyes?

Sting does a great job of connecting with his past by creating amazing ballads about his home town.

Watching this video I thought of Hansel from Zoolander saying, “Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”

I need to listen to more of his music…


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