Okay, you’ve got 4 minutes and 24 seconds to tell a great story. Ready? Go!
Blake Shelton did it in spectacular fashion in this official video for his latest single, “Doin’ What She Likes” (album, “Based on a True Story…” ©2013 Ten Point Prod’ns Inc., Warner Bros.).
In the video, Blake plays a regular guy with a deep romantic streak. Speaking by phone with his sweetheart, a twinkle in his eye, he suggests they spend the night at home and “fan the flame” a bit. As the story at first plays out in a predictable fashion, Blake races around the house preparing for a special night.
We never do get to see The Girl, which is unusual for Country music videos (famous for Daisy Duke-style hot girls in skimpy attire). What makes this video special? In delightful contrast to the sweet, syrupy sentiments expressed in the song’s lyrics — it all goes incredibly wrong.
Don’t let the country-bumpkin, aw-shucks first impression fool ya. Blake Shelton is a Master Storyteller. He hit a home run more than a decade ago with his first release, “Austin,” an emotional tale of lost love reunited. Now, “Doin’ What She Likes” uses foreshadowing, irony, suspense, metaphor and more to tell a wildly entertaining story for what could have been just another tender love ballad.
Watch the video, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. (…is it getting hot in here? Whew!)
Can you tell a powerful story in just a few minutes? What are some of the key ways to keep a short story “tight”? Share your ideas in Comments, just below.