Learning to write ” deep in the pocket!” A lesson from #Stevie Ray Vaughan

I was listening to a Canadian Music station, as I was roaming around doing my last bit of Christmas shopping, and the announcer introduced Stevie Ray Vaughan and his famous Pride and Joy song. I admit, Stevie Ray is one of my all time favourites, and so is his song, Pride and Joy. My only regret, is that he died too soon for one so talented.

Bonnie Raitt, another wonderful Blues player and singer, once said that she felt Stevie Ray would “light up the sun,” when he played. She was that impressed by him. Well, I have no metaphor that could match that. The radio announcer claimed that Stevie Ray had the ability to play, “Deep in the pocket!”

I was fascinated by this saying, and I had to do a Google search on this saying, and what I learned from one musician description was that it meant to hold a rhythm without too much flash – a laid back feel. Another site claimed playing Deep in the pocket meant, “playing solid with great feel!”

That was it, that is exactly what I want to do in my writing. Not too much flash, but the telling of a simple story, and to let the reader relax into it. To just give them that laid back feel.

I believe this saying, about a rhythm, could be used in writing, and it could be used in life. But I leave it out there for everyone else to interpret their own way. In the meantime, I’ll be turning on my Stevie Ray Vaughan tunes, and attempting to find that deep pocket of writing that I can relax into.

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Lyle Nicholson is the author of four novels, two novellas and a short story, as well as several articles published in Canadian Magazines and Newspapers. His path to his writing was first as a terrible actor in a Johnny Cash movie, called Gospel Road. He played Andrew the Apostle and apologizes to all who see him in the movie.
He was also a disobedient monk for several years and left the monastery to work at several jobs he’d was highly unsuccessful at until he started his own sales agency, where he finally had success. This was to the delight of his wife and his mother.
He retired in 2011 and took up writing full time. He now lives with his lovely wife in Kelowna, where he writes, cooks and indulges in fine wines.