Archive | June, 2016

Lost Boy and the power of story

18 Jun

Recently, the musical world has taken notice of a Canadian song writer and her beautifully haunting song called “Lost pBoy.” Now, traditionally, I am more of a visual person: I respond to movies, video games, and my first love of comic books. But every once in a while, a song will demand my attention and this definitely has. 

The song is about “Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy Darling,” characters I have typically not cared for which is kind of odd, as it hits all of the story points I enjoy, such as good versus evil, people with amazing abilities, and garish costumes. And yet, due to a viewing of a movie version I didn’t care for a child, I shut off to the legend of Peter Pan. But from my first time hearing the song, I fell in love with it.  I began to research the son, the writer, and felt an immediate kinship with the young girl.  

She recently went to a concert in London and recorded her thoughts on the power of music and storytelling.  She explained how to her music was all about stories and a powerful method for sharing stories.  These are ideas I can get behind. Because to me, stories are transformative. 

As a small child, my father told me Bible stories.  He told me history stories and family tales.  My mother read me fables and folktales. My oldest brother gave me hand me down comic books. All of these stories shaped my childhood and my life. The older I got, the more I began to notice similar strains and rhymes to the differing stories. And as I got older, I added classical myths to the stories I read. They all made the world come alive and become more interesting.

Our culture needs to reawaken to the value of stories. They teach morals. They inspire. As a teacher, I have to instill a love of storytelling in my students. I teach in story, carrying on a noble tradition dating back to the cavemen. And I am glad to see this new young musician doing the same.