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Country Music A Story In A Song

Updated on March 13, 2012

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The picture I choose says just a note, pure and simple. Yet, it's more than that. When combining more than one musical note it then becomes music. Then you add the lyrics and it becomes more than music. It tells a story of someones life, first love, heartbreak, happiness, sorrow, joy, faith, hometown, you name it in every country song lies a story within.

That's what ultimately drew me to country music. It's real, the music talks about people, places and events. The song and story relate to all of us as well as we can relate to them. I discovered this while preparing to give a talk on a teen retreat. The standard talk begins with a bible verse, you introduce yourself, share a part of your life, how God is reflected within your life and you usually end with a song. When choosing a song I listened to quite a few before making my choice. Ultimately I decided on Alabama's Angel Among Us. I believe there are angels watching over us in heaven and on earth so this was the only logical choice.

Throughout the passing years many of the country songs I've heard have either told me a story, answered a question I was praying on appeared to be a sign from God that I needed to hear. One of my favorites is Garth Brooks " The Dance " because no matter what has happened in my life I am grateful that I didn't miss " The Dance ". I would have missed out on so much if i had. Even though I've lost loved ones, the time we shared " The Dance" was special in it's own way and I am glad we had that time together. Another song that I can relate to is Garth's " If Tomorrow Never Comes". My daughter Brittany was 5 years old when her dad passed away and every time I hear this song I think of the close bond they shared during those 5 years. Marty idolized Brittany and she him. . Brittany knows that above all else, she was loved. Another song comes to mind, Jamie O'Neal's " I Think About Angels". Each time it rains that song comes to mind. I believe it's Marty's way of letting us know he's okay.

This song isn't a country song however, Eric Clapton's " Tears in Heaven" has a special place in my heart because it was a song my sister Terri picked to be played during her wake. Terri knew for the last two years of her life that she was going to die, her leukemia that she fought for 18 years had taken it's toll on her body and she decided to stop treatments and enjoy the time she had left. This song & Bette Midler's, " Wind Beneath My Wings" were two that she picked to have played, one at her wake & the latter at the cemetery, dedicated to my parents.

There are so many more songs that have stories within them. Quite a few of Brad Paisley's tells stories. Some funny like "Alcohol" , quite a few people can relate to that song. What about " Water ", I saw him perform that on one for the country awards shows, jumping in a pool of water as the song ended. It was awesome. Or his " On-Line ", that is so true, we all become different people when we're on line trying to impress a guy or gal. Pretty much every Brad Paisley song has a story within and he's the ultimate when it comes to telling a story within a song. Montgomery Gentry " Our Town" relates a man's love for the place he grew up. Toby Keith's " How Do You Like Me Now" pretty much hits a chord with every man in one way or another. What about his " Red Solo Cup" corny but funny as hell. Lady A's " Need You Now" tugs at the heart strings of many, myself included, who have been in that place from time to time during relationships. Another sentimental one is Alan Jackson's " Where Were You", every American has a stake in that song. I am sure for some more than others its quite an emotional song.

I recall being much younger and listening to Tom T. Hall, he had the knack for storytelling through his music. In fact, he is the first country singer I remember listening to who told a story. Now, Taylor Swift seems to tell a story in all her songs. She is such a talented young lady and from what I can see rather sweet. A very good role model for young girls. Quite a few of Kenny Chesney's songs fall into this category, " There Goes My Life", " The Good Stuff", " You & Tequila" and the list goes on.Tequila makes me think of Joe Nichols " Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off ", I haven't decided what is funnier, the song or the video. What do you think? Do you have any favorite songs that tell a story?


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    • Catzgendron profile image

      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank you for your comments and the history of country is interesting. Also I appreciate the critique. I am trying to figure out how to do paragraphs without there being a big space. Do you know if that's possible?

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      KF Raizor 5 years ago

      Country music got its reputation as "story music" from its early days when songs were used as a way of recounting news events. One of the earliest examples of that was "The Sinking of the Titanic" by Ernest V. Stoneman in 1924. "The Wreck of the Old '97," country's first million-seller by Vernon Dalhart (as the B-side of "The Prisoner's Song"), is another good example of the early history of the "story song." Unlike today's music, however, many of these songs were based on actual events instead of the "dead girl" songs ("I married a girl, we had a baby, she died, I'm singing this song") that have permeated the landscape since the early 1960s (when it almost became a genre thanks to songs like "Laurie [Strange Things Happen]" and continued with drivel like "Honey" and "Rocky" and more recently, "Don't Take the Girl"). A better example of the legitimate story song would be Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 masterpiece "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

      If I may, I'd like to give you a critique of the outline of the hub. It's almost impossible to read because there aren't any paragraph breaks in it.