Ex Fabula is all about sharing true, personal stories (to engage and unite communities). Stories come in many forms, and one of the most popular forms is through music. It also happens to be one of the oldest forms of storytelling, in the form of ballads. Music is how we express ourselves when talking simply isn’t enough. Music is storytelling set to a specific soundtrack for a specific moment in time; even if that moment includes Sixteen Candles type angst or carrying you through a loss.
Music is one of the greatest storytelling methods, taking the listener through the true, personal stories of people sorting out their personal problems. Knowledge and history are preserved and shared, courtesy of melodic strings and humble tones. The message can be educational, or not, but should contain universal elements and have the ability to unite individuals from all walks of life. A story, a song should engage the senses and evoke specific emotions. The more it awakens something in someone, the more invested they become in the message.
True, personal stories are educational, universal and have the ability to unite individuals from all walks of life. The words should encourage the listener to act. By sharing a story, a song, you allow others to experience an entirely new outlook on a person or situation that they themselves may have or are currently experiencing. You are establishing personal connections, creating new memories while relishing and relinquishing the old; rediscovering or perhaps even stumbling upon knowledge you missed the first time. Many people meet new friends just by having attended a concert or StorySlam.
“[Music] can propel narrative swiftly forward, or slow it down. It often lifts mere dialogue into the realm of poetry. It is the communicating link (between the screen and the audience) reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience.”
— Film Composer, Bernard Herrmann (Musical contributor to various films including: Psycho, Citizen Kane, and Taxi Driver)
Speaking of music: Ex Fabula joins local band Panalure Saturday January 24th, 2015 at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co at 8pm. Come celebrate their first, full length album release (The Bones) and enjoy an evening of music alongside curated stories from Amie Losi, Dave Hendrickson, Brooke Maroldi, Molly Snyder, and Peter Woods.