So this week Jen over at My Skewed View asked us to:
Make a mix of songs that are completely from a genre or style of music that you don’t usually listen to. You know… 5 songs that you love anyway. My original intent is for people to choose all 5 songs from one genre. But if that is too hard for you and you
wanna be a baby about itdon’t think you can do it, then mix-it-up, there will be demeritsno repercussions.
As you already know if you’ve read my previous music posts, I generally despise R&B. In fact, I despise it so much that I would be hard pressed to come up with 5 solid choices. So I’m going back to my small town Florida roots this week and bringing you country! Yes, you read that correctly.
Country music and I have an odd sort of relationship. My parents didn’t listen to it, but that didn’t stop it from making its way into my childhood memories. I remember sitting in the back of my Mema and Papa’s (doesn’t get any more country than that) Lincoln Town Car with the sounds of the old country crooners floating around (Twitty, Randy, Loretta). I also lived in the middle of nowhere (here exactly), so a lot of my friends and the town’s folk dug country. I was always the alt. rock, rebellious one and that meant condemning country music and all things associated with it.
Well, nostalgia does weird things to us. So, here I sit giving you a list of country tunes I will always will jam to. Most of this list is (as is my country taste) firmly stuck in the past. There isn’t much I like that makes it out of the 90s. Yes, I know all the words. Yes, I will only listen to these with the windows completely rolled up (lest anyone hear). And yes, I detest myself a bit for liking them.
Walking in High Cotton
Any country list has to start with Cash. Johnny Cash. How do you pick just one? If forced I’m going with:
Folsom Prison Blues
And then of course, Alabama. I love too many jams by these boys to name. I kept it to two:
Song of the South
Interesting fact about this one- Branford does May Day each year (where each class up to 6th grade does a dance on the football field….yes, for real). Well the 5th grade dance to “Little Brown Jug” always started with them coming onto the field to this song:
This song will get a full-hearted sing along from me every time!
Strawberry Wine- Deana Carter
Friends in Low Places- Garth Brooks
Because I had a dog named Jake growing up:
Feed Jake-Pirates of the Mississippi
A few more random goodies to close out this list….before I die of shame:
Seminole Wind- John Anderson
Neon Rainbow- Alan Jackson
One of the only current country acts I like. I think part of it may be because he sounds so much like Kermit the Frog. I love Kermit the Frog.
Melt- Rascal Flatts
Going to blast some rock and cleanse these ears!
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to:Dirty Heads – Easy – Edited
Eating: Arugula Salad
Random fact: I don’t possess much of a country accent (due to suppressing it mostly), but anytime I visit home it starts to poke out around the edges a bit.