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After a summer listening to the new 101.7FM country music station, I’ve learned a few things:

1) All automobiles are trucks, and most trucks are Chevys, probably because “Chevy” has more lyrical bounce than “Ford”.

2) In almost every song there is drinking, and a decent number of references to smoking pot. The marijuana references are quite coy and never mention it by name, as opposed to hip-hop songs.

3) Speaking of coy, the sexiness in country songs is pretty G-rated. The most detail you’re likely to get is talk about a goodnight kiss in the driveway, and while the singer may say “Girl you look so good” it will never be “I wanna hit that all night long”. There’s a cute aw-shucksiness to it that I really like.

4) The girl is almost always the more active character in a country song; it’s she who approaches the guy, who is otherwise hesitant to go up to such beautiful and confident woman on the honkytonk dance floor/late night party in a field under the full moon/afternoon summertime party at the riverbank. There is almost none of the machismo or overt misogyny you often find in pop, rap, and rock music, the country guy is completely enchanted and trying to keep up with this awesome girl. My favorite example of this is Joe Nichols “Yeah”, first time I heard it the song charmed my goddamn boots off .

5) Outside the homogeneity you’d expect from any pop station, there is a decent diversity of styles and sub-genres. This one song, I think it’s called “Outsiders” comes on with this huge Bon Jovi rock anthem sound, and then the last minute and a half is an extended guitar solo that goes through all these tempo changes , it’s totally Prog-Country. And this Miranda Lambert song “Mama’s Broken Heart” has this awesome syncopated carnival backbeat right out of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band’s playbook, it is so much bouncy fun.

Country music’s been perfect for the summer, it’s totally made for windows-down cruising in the summer sunshine. I won’t be listening nearly as much when the temperature drops below 60 degrees, feels kinda wrong.

Date: 2014-09-19 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cayetana.livejournal.com
You know, you could say most of this about a lot of Tom Waits songs. Except the smoking pot thing.

Date: 2014-09-19 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nepenthedreams
I am getting tired of the misogyny and the blatant over-depiction of sex (usually in a way that objectifies women). maybe I need to switch over to this country station too!

Or just listen to more classical. no words, no problems.

Date: 2014-09-19 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mishak.livejournal.com
I’m telling you, country music guys are SO unthreatening, talking about their feelings and wistfully hoping the night would go on forever because they’re so in love with an amazing girl they just met, it’s like a Postal Service song. After a while you’re like, dude what a buncha sissies.

Date: 2014-09-19 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayun.livejournal.com
I think a lot of the pop songwriting industry (like, people who would've been Brill Building types in an earlier era) has migrated to Nashville. Taylor Swift started as a songwriter and country singer, and the difference between her 'country' stuff and her 'pop' stuff is pretty small.

Couple that with the fact that pop has always been a friendlier space for women than rock or hip-hop, and it makes sense to me that the overall tenor of the lyrics would be more woman-friendly as well. ('Friendly' is, of course, a relative term.)

I watched about half a season of "Nashville" (because MRS. COACH TAYLOR, OMG) - might be fun for you to name-spot through a few episodes now that you know the scene a bit.

Date: 2014-09-19 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrric.livejournal.com
Oh man, when I was in Boston and driving around scanning for radio stations I used to come upon this country music station and they played just the sappiest, sappiest shit all the time. "Grandma's looking down on us from Heaven" kind of sappy. "We've been married for 40 years and with God as my witness I still love you like I did when I proposed in the corn maze that night" kind of sappy. It was amazing.

Date: 2014-09-20 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] panzerkunst.livejournal.com
You brave, brave man.

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