Why I Love Country Music

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I love all types of music. ALL. You can find opera, show tunes, rap, folk, ska, electronic, blues and more on my iPod. But my absolute favorite genre of music? Country.

Contrary to what most believe, not all country music is about trucks, dogs dying and cheating.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some songs about those topics, but there are also some incredibly romantic songs, ones that tell amazing stories and ones that just plain make me laugh (I’m sure you all giggled when you first heard Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” right?).

Maybe it’s because I literally grew up in the country — fishing in a pond, boating on nearby lakes and enjoying bonfires with friends on the weekends, but when Trace Adkins sang the lyrics that country songs are “Songs About Me,” I couldn’t agree more.

Country tells my story. I’m a simple gal who loves my country, my God and my family and friends. I’m not fancy-schmancy and I don’t judge people by the type of beer or wine they drink.

Does that mean I’m a redneck who drives a truck, votes conservative and owns a gun? Nope. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!).¬†Country music has come along way from the days of just being for back woods hillbillies and cowboys, and I love when I see people of all backgrounds enjoying country music.

In fact, I have many reasons why I love it:

  • It’s clean. I can listen to it around kids and know they are not going to walk away with a few new choice words in their vocab.
  • You rarely hear about country stars in the news. Sure, they have their fair share of scandals, but it’s a rare occasion to hear about big time country stars going to rehab, right? Faith, Taylor, Carrie, Martina – those are all names I don’t see in supermarket tabloids. I admire these women and their ability to be good role models for kids.
  • Country stars don’t have to be attractive…They just have to have talent (hello, Zac Brown? Although I think he is hot, the general population may not think so) and although most of the women singers are beautiful, they are natural looking, and dress like normal people. I love watching a Gaga or Minaj spectacle as much as the next gal, but those women aren’t real to me.

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  • As a mom, I find myself drawn to the many country songs about family. What other genre besides Christian and gospel celebrate family so much? When I made a “getting pumped up for a baby” mix on my iPod, 98% of it was country. Not many other genres talk about the love parents feel for their children. (Two of my favorites – Brad Paisley’s “Two People Fell In Love” and George Strait’s¬†“I Saw God Today.”)
  • While other genres talk about sleeping around, country music focuses a lot on being with ONE person for the rest of your life. Such a refreshing message to hear when we live in a world where divorce rates are so high. (Country love songs that make me swoon for my hubby: “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield and “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.)
  • Country songs are written for real people and about real life situations, period.

Say what you will about country music, but I love it and always will.

Do you like country music? If not, what is your favorite genre of music?

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  1. I agree! Martina is one of my very favorites.

    But I must disagree on the rap you mentioned on your iPod. Not gonna happen for me! But – if we were all the same, it would be a boring world!

    have a good day – listening to whatever music floats your boat!
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    • Mrs. Weber says:

      Thanks, Dianna! I agree – it would be so boring if we all liked the same stuff. I love hearing new music, but I just keep coming back to the songs that I can relate to :)

  2. I used to LOVE country and listen to it all the time (although, I feel like those were the days we lived together!) and your post makes me want to get back into it. I go through phases listening to one genre at a time. Country is usually in the summer, but perhaps I can start early this year!

    I find myself defending country music to those haters that want an explanation as to why I like the twangy tunes so much. A lot of my response is what you wrote in this post. It’s real. Country music is often about what real people go through every day in life. It’s about things real people can relate to. And that creates a stronger connection to the music/musician.

    PS love the new look!

    • Mrs. Weber says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah!

      And I agree – country is definitely best in the summer, with the car windows rolled down. Can’t wait to see what hits they come out with this year :)

  3. I’m with you – I love country music! You make valid points – you don’t hear about the women country music stars in the media that often. Have you heard the song by Taylor Swift ‘Never Grow Up’? A tear-jerker, but such a sweet song.

  4. I love country music and I’m wearing my cowboy boots right now.

    Love your new look!
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    • Mrs. Weber says:

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

      And I knew you’d have my back with the cowboy boots. I just know you can rock them like no other ;)

  5. Kate
    Twitter: weimawriter
    says:

    Totally agree! I hadn’t thought about it before, but I love all of the reasons you gave for liking it – being a mother now, I find myself more and more disappointed with the messages that have become almost standard for pop music, and I also don’t like having to be so nervous about what might come across the speakers. (During the holidays this year, Big Sister heard “Santa Baby” in the car once – ONCE – and was reciting it line-for-line the next day. THAT was fun to explain to Grandma!) Like Sarah said, I also used to be a huge country fan and have been thinking about listening to it again…unfortunately, I have associated it with a very sad time in my life, so I’ll have to dip my toe back into the lake slowly. “Red Solo Cup” has been a great reintroduction. :)
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    • Mrs. Weber says:

      Too funny on “Santa Baby”! I actually sang that in a choir I am part of this past season and always in front of K. Hopefully she doesn’t remember too much about that in the future.

      Country isn’t flawless by any means, but overall the messages can make a mama feel good. Glad you’re going to start dipping your toes in a bit more ;)

  6. Jackie @ freeismylife
    Twitter: freeismylife
    says:

    I love music and my favs are r&b and gospel. After I visited Jamaica years ago, I developed a love of Reggae music. But I don’t think country music is any cleaner than any other any type. I would definitely not want my son to go around singing “Save a horse, ride a cowboy” and didn’t Keith Urban do a stint in rehab? The music industry is a tough business and I think it takes a toll on all types of artists.

    • Mrs. Weber says:

      That’s a fabulous point, Jackie! I completely forgot about Keith Urban. Ugh. Maybe because I don’t like his music I erased that one from my brain? Country definitely is NOT flawless or completely child-proof, but I guess it’s closer than some genres like most pop these days.

      And I 100% agree with reggae…I also started loving it after visiting the Caribbean. It calms me and makes me so happy. I need to dig into more gospel too, because I also love it – any music where there’s great singers I’m happy to give a listen. Thanks for the comment :)

  7. I love the Bless the Broken Road. I feel that it is the story of my life.
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