I took a songwriting workshop with the great Rhett Miller, and he used the term “juicy words,” as in words that paint a picture in and of themselves, that help a story sink in.
In this song from our new album, “Fast Casual,” I tried to make the listener see the girl the narrator has a huge crush on, to put them right there in the restaurant:
You set ‘em down with a grin / So pretty and thin
Fingertips stained from cigarettes
You bring the bill with a smile / I linger a while
To catch a glimpse of your heart-shaped barrette