I love country music. The songs always tell a good story. They move me to emotion and I can always understand the words (meaning I truly can sing along). Wait, maybe that’s not a good thing after all – I can’t carry a tune. But I love to get into the foot-stomping rhythm, clap my hands and feel the beat. Whether I laugh or cry … or just get to thinking, I sing along envisioning the scenes playing out in my head. I love how some songs have a patriotic tone, like the one from my favorite duo, Brooks and Dunn. This song really depicts what’s good about America – the land of opportunity (except for the prison part 🙂
Sun coming up over New York City
School bus driver in a traffic jam
Starin’ at the faces in her rearview mirror
Looking at the promise of the Promised Land
One kid dreams of fame and fortune
One kid helps pay the rent
One could end up going to prison
One just might be president
Only in America
Dreaming in red, white and blue
Only in America
Where we dream as big as we want to
We all get a chance
Everybody gets to dance
Only in America
Lyrics can be fun and crazy and when I think of funny, I think of Brad Paisley. His lyrics make me laugh. He’s cute and he knows how to push humor buttons like no one else. Here’s Brad Paisley’s rant about going overboard with political correctness:
You’re not supposed to say the word “cancer” in a song.
And tellin’ folks Jesus is the answer can rub ’em wrong.
It ain’t hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, and mama, yeah that might be true.
But this is country music and we do
Do you like to drink a cold one on the weekend and get a little loud
Do you wanna say I’m sorry or I love you but you don’t know how?
Do you wish somebody had the nerve to tell that stupid boss of yours
to shove it next time he yells at you?
Well this is country music and we do
So turn it on, turn it up, and sing a long
This is real; this is your life in a song
Yeah this is country music.
There are ballads of love gone wrong, love gone bad and love that never happened. They touch my heart, sear into my soul and some are so sad, honestly, I’d rather not hear them at all. Like Tim McGraw’s, Don’t Take the Girl. I think it was one of his earliest big, big hits, but honestly, I’d rather hear ballads filled with hope, like Tim McGraw’s, Live Like You Were Dying or Brooks and Dunn’s, Believe.
Then there are the songs about falling in love! So many stories, so many would-be plots. Take a look at this week’s Top Ten List and tell me there aren’t at least a hundred ideas floating in your head, just from the titles!
Here’s the Top Country Songs:
Eli Young Band–Crazy Girl
George Strait–Here for a Good Time
Miranda Lambert–Baggage Claim
Taylor Swift–Sparks Fly
Brantley Gilbert–Country Must Be Country Wide
Keith Urban–Long Hot Summer
Rodney Atkins–Take a Road Back
Lady Antebellum–We Owned the Night
Jason Aldean–Tattoos on This Town
Do you like country music? What types of songs move you and who is your favorite artist? What is your favorite song?
Did you watch the CMA AWARDS? Who was your favorite from the show?
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