I grew up listening to old country music blasting throughout our house on Sunday mornings. (Yes, we listen country in the islands. Bet you never thought that). From Hank Williams Sr. to Jim Reeves to Kenny Rogers, we had the lovesick blues.
I still love country music. I prefer the old stuff as the line that separates the new stuff from pop or rock genre is blurred and for nostalgic reasons. Sundays were the days we relaxed and even though I am not sure how relaxing listening to a song about losing ones lover could be, we found solace in the country songs that could be heard emanating from just about every house that had a radio.
Country is often labeled as redneck music and sappy. The dog left and the wife left with the truck of course. There’s a joke that goes like this, ‘What do you get when you play a country song backwards?’ ’You get your house back, your wife back, your dog back…’ With a young, bright and good-looking stable of singers like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift to name a few, Country is hipper than it has ever been. It is no longer the music your parents listen to.
So is Country music the food of love? Well it could be the food for D.I.V.O.R.C.E and picking up girls in the bars. There are some good country love songs that bring out that loving feeling but there are more that makes you want to take a baseball bat to your ex’s pimped out ride or make you believe that Earl really had to die. So maybe it really isn’t the food of love.
The search continues…stay tuned.
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