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.
- 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?