I was never much of a country music person. Girl bands? Absolutely. Anything British? Done. Angry girl music of the indie variety? Yes times three million.
But country music? I didn’t understand it. Like why would I want a man who wore cowboy boots when I could be interested in a man, who, say, didn’t?
Caitlin is all about country music. And men who wear cowboy boots. We’re talking, she listens to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” into country music. And being the wily creature she is, over the past year Caitlin has slowly converted me to the church of country music.
She did it subtly, “You should listen to this country song. Just this one. It reminds me of you.”
She knows I can’t resist anything that relates to me. ME ME ME.
Then she played the best-of-the-best country music while she was getting ready so I would ask her, “Hey, what song was that?”
She’s smart, that one.
The thing that draws me to country music, above all else, is the intensity of emotion. There’s no shying away from it, no downplaying it. In fact, the formula for country music seems to be:
Amplify said emotion to the nth degree.
Let emotion destroy you.
Sing about emotion destroying you.
Since this is basically the formula for my life, country music turns out to be a great fit for me.
Here are five country songs that have been on repeat during the last year.
1. Better Dig Two: The Band Perry
2. Travelin’ Soldier: The Dixie Chicks
Chuck Klosterman argues the Dixie Chicks are the new Van Halen and, honestly, I’ve been mulling this idea over for a few years now and am still not ready to state my opinion. Stay tuned. Until then, listen to this on repeat.
3. Mama’s Broken Heart: Miranda Lambert
Dare I call it the “You Oughta Know” of the country music variety?
4. Merry Go Round: Kacey Musgraves
“If you ain’t got two kids by 21 you’re probably going to die alone. At least that’s what tradition told you…”
5. Rascal Flatts: These Days
I could waste years of my life listening to Rascal Flatts and languishing in self pity.
What’s your favorite country song?