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Open Letter to Tim McGraw - Country Music Star

Updated on August 17, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Hey, Cowboy...

Tim McGraw is the reason I am a country music fan. It is because of Tim's music I fell in love with the rockabilly, bluegrass, honky-tonk music of yesteryear and country pop of today.

I am a firm believer that music heals all that ails you. This is exactly what Tim's music has done for me. Through sad or glad times the music moved me...the music healed me.

In honor of my gratitude for the man and his music I wrote a fun fan letter using some of Tim McGraw's top ten hits. Have fun with my letter that contains a bit of a blast from the past and present...

My version of Tim McGraw Top Ten Hits.....

To "My Old Friend,"
Congratulations on your 20 year anniversary of being a successful country music superstar! I've been a longtime fan of your music for about over 16 years. It's possible that I could have been a fan sooner but I grew up on Long Island, I'm not from "Down On The Farm."

Where I grew up there were no "Indian Outlaws" running around with twangy tunes blaring from their boom-boxes. There were very few, if any "Red Ragtops" in my neck of the woods.

It wasn't until I moved to Florida that I began hearing country tunes "Everywhere." I mean that literally. Even my Mom was listening to country and western songs! With her being "My Best Friend" I thought "One of These Days" I'll give it a try.

I predicted I'd have to stay in the closet because it was still considered taboo to listen to hillbilly music. Don't take that personal, "Grown Men Don't Cry" it makes people uncomfortable!

Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw

You captured my attention the first time I heard "It's Your Love" a duet you performed with your beautiful wife Faith Hill. Wow. I was in awe. "Just to See You Smile" in that video and hear your "Southern Voice" did me in. I thought "Not A Moment Too Soon" could keep me away from spending my "Last Dollar" to buy your cassette. CD's didn't exist yet. I was hoping in my "Next Thirty Years" something would be created that didn't get tangled up in my player and remain "Unbroken." Alas it did!

From that moment on I was chanting "I Like It, I Love it" I want some more of it! After a few months I thought it might be time for me to come out of the closet, but I then I thought "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It." I made the correct choice for the time being, at least "For A Little While."

I have learned lessons from your music and I'm thankful for that. You've taught me that it's not healthy to be "Angry All The Time." So if I'm feeling a bit annoyed I simply step outdoors and "Watch The Wind Blow By." Storms relax me, listening to the majestic sounds of nature I think to myself "She's My Kind Of Rain!"

Tim I think you're a "Real Good Man" as a music artist and actor, but more importantly as a husband and father. I hear you speak of "My Little Girls" and I can see the sparkle in your eyes for your wife and daughters. You spoke of your daughters dating in the future and I could hear you saying NO "Don't Take The Girl!!"

As a mom of two married daughters I often think NO they "Can't Really Be Gone," but they do grow up and move on. We don't want to "Let It Go" but we have no other choice. It's bittersweet but you remind them to "Please Remember Me" and they will. A wise man once said, Ya Gotta Believe and I tend to agree with him.

It's Your Love ... Duet w/ Faith Hill

Tim McGraw - Truck Yeah!!

"If You're Reading This" I hope you realized how much you influenced my life. "I Need You" to know that I also believe we should "Live Like We Were Dying." It's not gonna kill us if every once in a while when asked "Do You Want Fries With That?" we say YES and SUPER-SIZE IT! Have a vanilla shake with it also because we have all said WOW that "Felt Good On My Lips!!"

I've learned that "Where The Green Grass Grows" is where ever your heart is. It's the "Cowboy In Me" that makes me realize "Some Things Never Change" and no matter what cards we are dealt, life still goes on.

We all have "Refried Dreams" which can be confusing but "All I Want Is a Life" filled with country music songs!

On a sunshine filled day "When The Stars Go Blue" I'll be listening to your tunes and thanking you for sharing your gift with your fans. I've always said that "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" but I allowed it to happen the moment I got sucked in!

I salute you for the many years of country music fun! In the meanwhile I will enjoy your latest single "Truck Yeah!"

Update: I am lovin' your latest hit "Shotgun Rider!" Which, as of 8/16/15 is Tim's 36th #1 hit!

Sunshine aka McGraw Fanatic

Tim McGraw Quotes

"Everyone should have their own opinion and be able to voice it. No matter what it is. Of course, that does not mean your opinion is always right. But, you're certainly entitled to your opinion."

"I feel like that I'm learning all the time. I'm learning from new artists, from established artists... every time I listen to '70s rock 'n' roll records, I'm learning. And I think that I'm just now starting to get a hold on what I do."

She's My Kind Of Rain

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Tim and Tug McGraw

Tim and Tug McGraw look so similar! I wish I could have seen Tug in a cowboy hat!
Tim and Tug McGraw look so similar! I wish I could have seen Tug in a cowboy hat!

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© 2011 Linda Bilyeu

Do you have a favorite memory of Tim or something you would like to share.....

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    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in to say hi, Tim and to pass it along with all the votes! Good job on working the titles into the letter. Will pass this on!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      You've done a great job of working Tim's song titles into your text. It's a fun technique.

      I enjoyed reading your well-written, well-formatted article. Well done!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Paulette and what a story you had to share. Lucky lady! I bet Tim would appreciate having those clippings. I would suggest mailing a letter about the clippings to this address before shipping them! Keep us posted! Good luck!

      Creative Artists Agency Nashville

      3310 West End Avenue 5th Floor

      Nashville TN 37203

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      Paulette Freskan griffin 

      7 years ago

      I grew up with tug McGraw. My moms sister was married to his uncle henry. I have an album of paper clippings from tugs baseball career,the one left anyway he would raid it whenever we saw each other. I'd like to know if Tim would like it and if so hoe could I send it to him. He looks more like hid dad every year.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ebower and Reprieve! Thank you for your comments!:)

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      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      My favorites are "Baby, Let's Sleep on It Tonight" and "No Man's Land." :)

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      Erin Bower 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      What a creative and informative hub! My favorite is probably 'Don't Take The Girl'. I've listened to that since I was a kid. I voted this up and interesting!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you reprieve :)

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      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      This hub was great-- LOVED it! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awww Thank you Sharon! I hope Tim listens to you :-))

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Wow, what a fun, creative and truly awesome piece of work here Sunshine! Really, really cool hub!


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay for another Tim McGraw fan and thank you for miamore for stopping by....I aim to please :)

      Dave...Mich...Carissa :)))

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      8 years ago

      How Sweet! I like it

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      Mich S 

      8 years ago

      What a fun hub dedicated to your biggest celeb crush! Tim has been around for a long time and I don't think he's going anywhere!!

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      Dave Ligler 

      8 years ago

      When I get the barbeque sauce off my white t-shirt I'll salute you ! Awesome hub and Tim should re-tweet you.

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      8 years ago

      I LOVE Tim McGraw, and this hub! Great job Sunshine, you have 'wowed' me again! Keep it up! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Made! I tweeted it to Tim who knows maybe he'll get a chance to read it and maybe I'll get a comment from him! That would be awesome! A heart don't forget an icon like Tim :)

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      Madeleine Salin 

      8 years ago from Finland

      Wow, I'm impressed and I think Tim would be impressed too if he read your hub. I like it, I love it! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you, thank you very much my peeps! This hub was very enjoyable to write...and I truly mean enjoyable (geegee)! :)

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      8 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Aw that hub was so awsome I loved the way you incorporated his music in your story very impressed, Im sure you knew I'd be lol, I can never get enough of TM, I totally want to go see him again!!! great hub voted up & sucked in too:) ge

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Very well have done a great job of writing a awesome story using his songs....very impressive. A great hub on a great singer by a great hub writer....voted up awesome and interesting.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      An ingenious and inventive delight Linda.I really enjoyed the lyrical impressions.;)

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      8 years ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Sunshine......WOW!! YOU, my fellow-redneck pal are a complete G E N I U S !!! Truly...I am simply bowled over. This is CLEVER beyond words!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love country music and I really enjoy all the songs in the videos above. Thanks for share about Tim Graw. Well done, my friend. Vote up!


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      8 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I am also a fan of Tim. Not crazy about Faith but I'm glad they remain happy together:) Love how you worked his song titles into your hub.


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