Thursday, June 9, 2016

And More Songs About Me

We’ve gotten onto a bit of a roll this week, so I’m just going to keep it rolling and even expand on it a bit. I’ve done posts with other music, and I don’t doubt that I will do more, so why not one with some of my favorite country music as well? Let me see, “favorite” might not actually be the right word. I don’t do favorites very well, and any real list of my favorites would take an entire day to go through (though that would certainly be an enjoyable way to spend a day), but these are some that really mean something to me. Some songs speak to something even deeper than your soul, and these would fit that bill for me.

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Kenny Chesney - Noise

Yeah we scream, yeah we shout 'til we don't have a voice
In the streets, in the crowds, it ain't nothing but noise
Drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy
Just tryna be heard in all this noise

It’s easy to rate Kenny as one of my favorites, and most people who know me know that already. The beach cowboy who spends a great deal of time in the Islands and is all about that relaxed way of life would certainly have an appeal for me. Being a great singer with a knack for releasing catchy songs with spirit and meaning certainly helps. These days we often seem to be surrounded by noise, and we need a reminder to disconnect from time to time. Turn it down, maybe even turn it off for a while, and be heard. Listen to your dreams and listen to your neighbors. As the saying goes, the quieter you become, the more you can hear. There is plenty to hear, if we just take the time to listen.

Maren Morris - My Church

I’ve cussed on a Sunday
I’ve cheated and I’ve lied
I’ve fallen down from grace
A few too many times
But I find holy redemption
When I put this car in drive
Roll the windows down and turn up the dial

To each his own, but I’ve rarely been able to get a feeling of anything sacred inside a building, any building. Give me the outdoors, the running water, or the open road and I’ll show you the Divine. Add in a ripping soundtrack and we’ll elevate right on up to Holy. Music is not just a part of my life, it’s a part of who I am. If I’m not listening to it on the radio, I’m listening to it in my head. Count on it. For me, taking a moment of silence doesn’t count for music. Music is air. It’s everything else that needs to be silenced at times. Spirituality has different meanings for different people, and that’s not even getting into the rules and regulations of religion, but my church definitely has no walls, and plenty of sound.

Lady Antebellum - Compass

You wanna give up 'cause it's dark
We're really not that far apart
So let your heart, sweet heart
Be your compass when you're lost
And you should follow it wherever it may go
When it's all said and done
You can walk instead of run
'Cause no matter what you'll never be alone

I can’t hear this song without wanting to dance, and just because I can’t dance doesn’t mean I won’t try. Sometimes dancing badly is the best part of life. If you don’t know that already, you should try it. Lady Antebellum has one of the best vocal duos in modern music, and they showcase that sweet harmony in this song that also includes such a beautiful message. You’ll never be alone. Don’t give up when it’s dark, because it will be light again. Keep going, and trust yourself. Believe in yourself and know that you have a compass with you, always.

Dierks Bentley - Up On The Ridge

Let's blow out these city lights
Let's just leave it all behind
Get up where the air is still
You can hear the whippoorwill

Speaking of wanting to dance, there’s just something about that running fiddle that makes it nearly impossible for the feet to stay still. Maybe it’s the Irish in me. Sometimes we need to leave behind the city lights, dance under the stars, and love up on the ridge. Get back to the basics and love life again.

Charles Kelley ft. Stevie Nicks - Southern Accents

There's a southern accent, where I come from
The young 'uns call it country
The Yankees call it dumb
I got my way of talkin'
But everything is done, with a southern accent
Where I come from

It’s been covered a number of times, and the original Tom Petty track is brilliant in its own right, but giving it a country spin and two of my favorite singers makes this one a requirement for this list, even if it doesn’t actually have a video. A southern accent is about more than how someone talks. Most times, people say I don’t have much of an accent. It comes out when I’m tired or frustrated, but most of my speech patterns come from watching 70’s and 80’s TV, which wasn’t heavy on accents. I was actually called a liar once, when I told someone I was from Texas, because I didn’t have the expected accent. I have it in my head, though. I have it in the way I think. Everything’s done with a southern accent where I come from, and that means far more than just how someone speaks.

Music can be a balm for the soul, but it can also be a window. Seeing what songs make someone think, make someone smile, or make someone cry can often tell you things about that person that they would never otherwise say out loud. Here is a little insight into that part of myself. I hope you enjoy it, and maybe it will inform some of the rest of what we usually talk about.

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