While I was driving this morning, I was listening to the radio. When I bought my car, it had satellite radio installed and like a dope, I renewed the service. If I didn’t, then there would be a useless button in the dash. Hey, it is a rationalization. I don’t question your rationalizations.
I have to admit, I had expressed the opinion that paying for radio was a frivolous way to spend money. I think the exact word was stupid. And part of me still feels guilty paying for radio.
I like my satellite radio. I like the country music stations on my satellite radio. I know that there is a certain segment of the population that does not like country music. And I feel sorry for them.
My thoughts while listening this morning were on the lyrics. There are some terrific phrases in country music. The word pictures painted are sometimes quite amazing. In one song they talk about “the FBI in their black Crown Vics” – can’t you see them (mirror sunglasses and all)? How about this one “cooler than the flip side of my pillow”? What a great and clear phrase. Or the all encompassing “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers”.
As a writer, I am enamored with a great turn of phrase and admire those who can succinctly express an emotion, place, or thought. I think that you can find many examples in country music. Yes, I know that you can find great lyrics across the musical landscape but with country the lyrics are clear and usually understandable. They tell a tale and not always about how they were wronged by their lover or how important their hunting dog is to them.
How do you feel about country music? Have you listened to it lately?