I am such a huge country music fan. Sometimes I think I belong in some small town down south, where you can’t see your neighbors and you fall asleep to the sound of crickets instead of cars.
It’s funny how my musical tastes have evolved. I remember being in elementary school when my school bus driver listened to country music day in and day out. We all rolled our eyes and thought it was sooooo gross. I can’t even really tell you who she listened to, but I’m sure there was some Dolly Parton, Oak Ridge Boys and Hank Williams.
Because of her I avoided country music at all costs. But then when I reached college in the mid-90′s, it seemed something had changed. A lot of the girls in my dorm listened to country and introduced me to the music of Garth Brooks. He. Was. Awesome. By the time I was 20, I had seen him in concert three times.
Garth was my gateway drug. And I listened to country music for a few more years after I graduated. Then I moved to California and as crazy as it sounds, we didn’t have any country music stations in the Bay Area at that time! So… I gravitated back more to my “roots”, which is bands like U2, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, matchbox twenty, and of course my boybands.
Then I moved to Colorado about 7 years ago and I found myself a country station. Suddenly, my work days were filled listening to Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and more. And I tell ya – when I listen to country music, it takes me someplace simple. It makes me think about living in a small town – someplace people don’t lock their doors, and go to the same church as everyone else on Sunday. It makes me think of weekends on a rope swing jumping into a lake, drying out afterwards by a campfire sitting in the back of a pick up truck. It makes me want to buy some chaps from equestrianclearance and learn to ride horseback through fields of wildflowers. What I’m saying is, it makes me long for a simple life. Don’t get me wrong, I like the ‘burbs with easy access to the city, but sometime I wonder what a life more simple would be like for our family?
What’s your favorite kind of music?