I get a little frustrated with people from time to time in regards to country music. When people ask me what kind of music I like, and I say pretty much everything except for gangsta rap (I see no point in cussing to a beat) and scream rock…WTF is up with that stuff anyway, then I mean I LIKE every other kind of music. Oh wait, I am not a huge fan of techno/electronica/club music either. I will listen to rock, Broadway show tunes, oldies, disco, classic rock, and country. I might even listen to them all in the same day!
However, people will tell me they like all kinds of music with no disclaimer that they dislike country. Then a little later, I find out the truth, and that truth is most of the people I know HATE country music. Honestly, I don’t understand WHY. These are things I like about country music:
1. Country music has some of the best STORIES in it ever written for the music industry. If you can think of a topic involving real life, you are probably going to be able to find a country song about it. This is the best reason to like country music in my opinion. Some great examples of this are:
Brad Paisely- Little Moments
Rascal Flatts- Broken Road
2. Country music has more female artists than most other genres. I turn on the rock stations a lot locally, and I have noticed over and over and over it is different songs by different men. Not that I dislike men singing, but hours and hours of listening to relatively the same timber of voice gets a little old for me. Some of my favorite female country singers:
Dolly Parton: I love the song, Why’d you come in here looking like that. Dolly just has great songs all around.
Faith Hill- She sings some of the best love songs I have heard.
Carrie Underwood- She may be young, and she may have been an American Idol winner, but she is a damn good singer, and her songs range all kinds of topics.
3. The women in country music are generally good role models. They’ll tell you not to put up with letting a man beat you, and finally they will talk about being in love or raising their kids. Some examples:
Miranda Lambert- Gunpowder and Lead, that’s all I am saying. Oh, and the fact that my friend Tammy called me a redneck for liking that song.
Taylor Swift- She has some of the best love songs I have heard lately, especially for someone her age.
Reba McEntire- She has a great duet out right now about raising kids through a divorce. I actually tear up sometimes when I hear it.
I love country music. I do. I love it when people say “I ain’t gonna” in a song even though the words would never leave my mouth in serious conversation. Even though I was a music education major, I love hearing people chew their words while singing country. As in WhatCHEW gonna do? So people, stop hatin’, start saying ain’t, and tapping those toes!
Disclaimer: Don’t really say ain’t. It makes my ears bleed.