Here is a confession: I like – no – I love country music. It is my guilty pleasure.
I will tell you why I love country music so much and why you should not be afraid to enjoy your guilty pleasures!
According to Wikipedia:
“A guilty pleasure is something, such as a movie, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.”
Why is country music generally not held high?
- Because the music is from the – lagging – country side?
- Because the lyrics are so simple?
- Because all the songs sound the same?
It is the boring mainstream anyways who decides what is ‘generally not held high’.
I am a farm raised girl and country songs have often the country side as their scenery, it’s what I know. It gives the feeling of ‘good old times’. Of course I do not agree that country side would be lagging, that’s a discussion I am not even going to start!
I must agree that the lyrics often contain the words; truck, gravel, bar, beer, whiskey, jeans and/or t-shirts. The jeans preferably blue and the t-shirts white.
But country music lyrics are often surprisingly poetic. Like the metaphor for how fast his ex was over him:
“She was over me before the grass grew back where she used to park her car”
(Song: Break up in a small town – Sam Hunt).
Songs with a story
I would classify country songs as songs with a story, simple message and ‘family friendly’. Even though the songs are almost never about political or cultural ideas, there is a strong conservative vibe from the songs. References to church, religion and/or good behaviour are common. Like this one:
“When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind”
(Song: Always stay humble and kind – Tim McGraw)
“Did you know that… your life time preference for music is developed before or while you’re a teenager?”
For me country music is also bringing back sweet memories:
- When I was a little girl my father used to play country music on Sundays while he was reading the paper.
- When I was teenager we played this with friends while talking and drinking a beer.
- When I was in Canada, it was kind of the music to listen to.
Let me hear about sunshine, tan lines and bare feet. Listening to country makes me extremely happy!
Don’t let mainstream decide what you like, no one is born to be part of the boring mainstream anyway.
Let me introduce you to some songs, so you can hear for yourself that there is quite some variety in this awesome genre:
Different for girls – Dierks Bentley (Listen how whiskey is used in the lyrics)
Sun song – Common Linnets (Also the song of the week. 🌞)
Make you mine – High valley (You’re hallelujah, Sunday morning…)
I listen to many other genres of music, but maybe that’s a topic for later.