Great Story for About a Buck

If you haven’t yet heard the song “Stan” by Eminem, the rapper, you should spend the buck-twenty-nine and add it to your collection. Now I’m NOT a big rap fan, and usually only listen to the stuff under protest when my teenage kids put it on. But I have to say this song really impressed me. It’s just a great story. Verse by verse, Eminem introduces and then builds up the character of an obsessed fan, creating rising tension along the way with careful details (“I put a tattoo of you across my chest” and “I cut myself”) and increased vocal pitch and intensity, until the story line is resolved in the final verse. This is fantastic storytelling, plain and simple.

And, if you’re a dad like me, the upside is that you may impress your kids who find a rap song on your iPhone.

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