I am infinitely intrigued by stories. Fact or fiction, old or new, I can't get enough. It is a strange addiction which has leached into my blood stream, a sickness I can't seem to shake. The thing is, I have been like this for as long as I can remember. Falling asleep with stories on the radio, begging my mom to tell me a story or read me a book (ok... truthfully that last bit was because I struggled with reading and persuaded her to do it for me... I KNOW terrible, but also if we are being honest, it was pretty brilliant). As I have grown older this addiction has only gotten worse.
The Moth, This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgement, Here's the Thing, The Nerdist, and The Ted Radio Hour... just a few of the podcasts in an arsenal which remains fully loaded, ready and waiting for me to listen to at my leisure.
In addition to podcasts, documentaries are my life blood. Recent favorites include- The Greenhorns, 20 Feet From Stardom, Mistaken for Strangers, The Eye Has to Travel, and Mortified Nation (a documentary about story telling, which essentially makes it story telling porn).
Sometimes I catch myself eavesdropping on conversations, not to creep or anything like that (gosh you guys, I'm not that weird), but to hear these peoples stories; peoples lives, no matter how 'trivial' or 'mundane' fascinate me! (sorry if I have listened in on a conversation you were having... I swear it is involuntary... I am a junkie, I don't even realize what is happening until it's too late).
The thing is, I know I'm not alone in this... People have been interested in story telling since the dawn of time, it was the original form of entertainment and will remain that way until the sun burns out. We are drawn to stories like moths to a flame (shout out to The Moth Radio Hour for inspiring that line). Stories bind humanity together, a wild tapestry of color, texture, and tone. They are what life is made of, the very fiber of our beings, creating something so much greater than we can even fathom. Speaking them into existence makes their place in the universe all the more solid, all the more real; magic in it's most raw sense, a true thing of beauty.
So, my dear reader, what is your story? I would love to hear it.
*They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this image conjures an entire story for me. Taken behind the scenes on an a brilliant music video I had the pleasure of working. The story of which is what hooked me on the job, it is both brilliant and full of nostalgia.