What is the power of story?
Is it the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Is it more powerful than a locomotive? Certainly not in the literal sense but when you think about figuratively then you realize the power that story has.
Story communicates. It passes on. It is the history book as well as the historian telling the story. It is a purveyor of information but more than that story has the power to create. Control over story gives a person the ability to create identity, or determine their own story. This is enable further by digital mediums. Platforms like facebook, myspace, and other social networks allow you to tell your story through your status updates and pictures. You can hook your Spotify up to your Facebook so that everyone knows what you’re listening to and imagine a soundtrack to your life. If people view my music history they might think I alternate longing for my teenage days of listening to pop punk to a wistful longing brought out by the sometimes soulful and sometimes playful tunes of Ben Folds. In this digital age story is evolving to live outside of ourselves. Those that are not careful of what they put out there to represent themselves lose control of their narrative and become what people believe them to be.
The key to telling a good story that I focused on most from the Ira Glass videos was fearlessness. You must not be afraid of failure but instead embrace it. A person cannot expect to be great in their initial offerings. They just have to be able to rely on their love and trust their taste as they go forward and hope to carve out an original voice that speaks and informs their prospective listeners.