Country Music: Why I Love It
Recently someone asked me why I like country music, and for the first time I actually thought about why instead of the standard “because it's good.” After answering in a thoughtful manner, I thought about the question a bit longer and came up with a few reasons.
The lyrics in country music are clear. When you listen to the song, you can understand the words being sung -- you're not guessing about what the singer is telling you.
You always know what a country song means...because it's exactly what it says. In other genres, metaphors abound and the lyric sheet reads like a riddle. Country music is not confused about its message in a song -- it's there in the title, in the chords, in the lyrics, and in the vocals.
Most country songs are stories. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end. You can listen to the lyrics (and understand them, per above) and see a progression. They are like mini-musicals almost, following characters through time and emotions. Even the old joke about country speaks to this: "What do you get when you play a country song backwards? You get your dog back, your truck back, your job back, and your wife back." (PS - country artist Rascal Flatts recorded a song about this called: Backwards)
Now, we've got words we can understand and make sense of, which comprise a story we can follow. Important, also, is that these stories are about things that many or most people cna relate to. They are about having fun, finding love, losing love, work, hardship, pride, and making noise. Country songs aren't about excluding people based on group and while some are divisive, the story of the songs are about every day things.
Most country songs can also evoke strong emotions. Because the story is relatable and understandable, it is easy to quickly and powerfully identify with the emotions of a country song. Whether the emotion is excited, brokenhearted, worried, angry, or amorous, it is there and almost tangible.
This is one of my favorite things about country music. Even without music videos, it's like a 3-minute movie and I can get lost in the feelings. I can put something on when I want a song that jives with my emotion (i.e. sad songs when I just need a good cry) or that might help pull me out of an emotion I don't want (i.e. party songs when I'm stressed).
The emotion is powerful, cathartic, and therapeutic.
I personlly LOVE country dancing. Line dancing, two-stepping, waltz, everything. I love going to country bars and dancing to the music. I don't know why some people are under the impression that one cannot dance to country, because you can and it's amazing. The beats move me, regardless of tempo and content.
Put some boots and country music on and I'm a happy camper. Get some exercise, socializing, and connection. Does it get better?
Country music is at the heart of this nation. It inspires and connects millions of listeners across the country and speaks to the values that are widely held -- and not even really divisive values, either.
It is music that can can be danced to, that can be shared with children and adults alike (without worry for scandal), and that conjures images of nostalgia and pride.
There are multitudes more reasons why I love the genre beyond those listed here, but these alone are enough to endear me to it forever.
I love country music.
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