Talkin’ About Country !

 

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Some of my friends were surprised to hear of my sudden lean toward Country music.

I must admit, over the holidays, the Country sound became an ongoing radio selection, I Tune choice  and now, even the subject matter of my  blog.

From the communications stand point, I am in awe of the  expressive  story telling and how the artists have all had broken hearts ! Everyone seems to have a truck which is a bit different from rhythm  and blues music. And the guitar has a way of making the story even more compelling.

As my students return to classes for the Spring semester, I hope they will share with me what goes good with Country. We know beer is always the first choice but what about the snacks ? And is Country also about an attitude; such as being bold and brazen and confident ?  There are several songs that have made me laugh and cry this holiday season. “Break up  WIth   Him”  is one of them. How painfully explicit can it be to rip someone off like a band aid ?

If you haven’t heard this new twist on how to leave your lover for another; you too might enjoy Old Dominion:

And while break ups are not often  my  favorite conversational topic, the song

“Breaking Up in a Small Town “has given new meaning to moving on !

So now  that I have become a Country fan, I am looking to hear how to use this music to create conversations; engage students and maybe hear a few heartfelt stories.

And, as I mentioned earlier, how to enhance the music with food. How about beer battered onion rings ?

 

 

Or, my all time favorite; Coors Beer Chili:

 

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But I would be remiss, if I did not conclude with this real heart toucher.

“Break on Me” is now the number one song on my  music billboard. .   Talkin’ about Country; this powerful ballad just makes my day ! Keith Urban, here’s looking at you !

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Talkin’ About Country !

  1. Norma, awesome blog, both content and design!

    Your music tastes have always been wide, I think. You don’t know that you helped me appreciate Sammy Davis Jr.’s artistry. Looking back at my brief Denver days, along with wearing down the grooves on Carole King and Roberta Flack, one of the songs that has stayed with me is Merle Haggard’s If We Make It Through December–sweetly dark and hopeful anthem for a sad young woman 🙂 Look forward to reading your posts.

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  2. Hello Professor Jones i think its incredible that how country music in the eyes of the singer can relate to everyday life through relationships they go through as well as life’s daily trials that we must overcome

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  3. Country music has become more diverse than ever before. Contemporary Country music has seem to become the face of country music. Mixing pop beats in with the classic guitar, attempting to make it more appealing to the younger ages. Every generation has their own style of country music. I was born in the 90’s, I enjoy the now “classic country”. George Strait will always be the king of country. Mr. Strait has 60 number one hits. More than any other artist of any other genre. If you would like to see what country music is all about I suggest you take a listen to a few of his songs.

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  4. I also find country music entertaining to listen to. My favorite genre though is bluegrass, I love feeling the energy in the songs.

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  5. As for the snack to go with country music. Id have to say a nice fatty moon pie(I prefer the banana flavored ones). If you enjoy country music you’ll have to go listen to John Anderson, he is one of the all-time greats.

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  6. Professor, I have to admit that country music isn’t my #1 choice when I turn on the radio. But I have to agree with you, there are some really good songs out there, many of which include broken hearts! Of the newer country music, those types of songs tend to be my favourite. I enjoy the realness of them.
    If we’re talking about country music in general though, I’d have to say that I enjoy songs from about 10 years ago, probably because they’ve been engraved in my head from all the country music my mother would listen to in the car. I wish I could give you names of some of them, but I only remember them (and start full-blown singing them) when I hear them come on!

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  7. Professor, I have to admit that country music isn’t my #1 choice when I turn on the radio. But I have to agree with you, there are some really good songs out there, many of which include broken hearts! Of the newer country music, those types of songs tend to be my favourite. I enjoy the realness of them.
    If we’re talking about country music in general though, I’d have to say that I enjoy songs from about 10 years ago, probably because they’ve been engraved in my head from all the country music my mother would listen to in the car. I wish I could give you names of some of them, but I only remember them (and start full-blown singing them) when I hear them come on!

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