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Why we love country music!
Posted 10/18/2012 11:00:00 AM

7 Reasons we LOVE Country Music!

I found this and couldn't help but share, and of course agree!!  :)

1. Every song has a story.  Country music is all about storytelling: there’s a strong focus on narrative voice and many songs are structured as stories with a beginning, middle, and an end. When you listen to country, you’ll meet characters, hear about their conflicts, become invested in the outcome, and then celebrate their triumphs or mourn their failures. 

2. It’s heartfelt. Want evidence? Listen to Dolly Parton’s voice quivering as she hits the high notes of “Jolene.” “I’m begging of you please don’t take my man,” she pleads. It’s a tragedy. One thing that country music has always done well is convey deep emotions through simple, straightforward lyrics. Country singers usually mean exactly what they say, and that honesty makes the music accessible and relatable for anyone who’s ever had a broken heart, wanted to achieve a big dream, or, you know, gotten their truck stuck in a ditch.

3. No topic is off limits. One of the biggest misconceptions about country is that since the lyrics are simple, the subject matter must be simple too.  Wrong. Country songs tackle anything and everything: death, abuse, addiction, affairs, politics, war, religion, even murder–the Dixie Chicks have a peppy song about a battered wife poisoning her husband and dumping his body in the lake.  If someone has experienced it, chances are it’s been sung about in a country song.

4. It takes some serious musical skill.  Many of today’s pop hits consist of auto-tuned vocals layered over electronic beats. It’s becoming more and more rare for pop stars to play their own instruments. In country, there is still a focus on artistry and musical skill. Love her or hate her, even Taylor Swift plays guitar, and other mainstream country acts showcase serious skills on mandolins, fiddles, violins, and banjos.

5. It’s really, genuinely funny.  They’re often funny stories. No other style of music includes such a consistent sense of humor. Lyrics are littered with unexpected plot twists, irony, puns, and clever wordplay. In Sugarland’s “It Happens,” Jennifer Nettles sings about getting into a car accident with an ex and his new girlfriend, and right before the chorus she throws in a “Sorry about your neck, honey” in a sassy Georgia accent. Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinking” is so catchy and ridiculous. Country singers knows how to do big, tragic ballads, but man, they also know how to have fun.

6. It can spark social change. Some of the greatest protest songs in history have been folk, bluegrass, and country songs. So much about country music–from the honest lyrics to the fact that it was born in the politically and culturally complicated American South–makes it the perfect medium to convey revolutionary ideas. Ever since Woody Guthrie scrawled “This machine kills fascists” on his guitar and sang “This Land Is Your Land” with his defiant Oklahoma twang, country music has provided anthems for countless political causes. 

7. Banjos. If you want to hear banjos, you’ve gotta listen to country music. If you love banjos, you’ll love country music. That’s all there is to it.

Posted By: Cora Quinn  

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