Let me confess my nearly abject ignorance around country music. My ignorance probably is not as bad as I’m professing, but I know a lot of people who know a lot more about it than me, I’m betting some of them read this blog.
So I just want to say – I don’t listen to enough to know what’s going on, and that’s why I’m noting this:
Between 6:15 and 6:35am this morning I surfed past CMT a couple of times. I caught a couple of minutes to what I would have thought were two different songs – the women singing them had different color hair.
But otherwise, the songs and the videos appeared, appeared, to me, to be identical. The tunes even sounded the same – kind of Edie Brickell-slow and swingy but a little mournful. The scenes? Identical – in the woods, around dirt roads and ponds. And the set-up? Also parallel: flashbacks to teens – the first to a teen girl walking and dipping her feet into a stream, the other – a girl in a car wiping away tears, hand on her forehead, and then flashing back to leaning over a boy in the front seat of the car and kissing and, well, you know.
The words in the songs (both sung by women who do not appear to be teens but more like mid-30sish): the same. I did something bad. But God has a purpose for everything. And I will and did keep this baby, even though I faced – we faced – bumpy roads and hard times. And God is great.
What’s my problem?
My problem are:
Does anyone know what songs I’m talking about, or could it be any one of a zillion country songs?
Can anyone who listens to country music regularly tell me, did I flip into the Pro-Life Hour of the country music station?
And regardless of whether I did or didn’t, are there country music songs that talk about the boys and what they did, or didn’t do as the case may be?
This isn’t a rant about being pro-choice. This is a rant about my bewilderment at the one-note music I saw, and my curiosity about knowing how typical or atypical what I saw is. Because if it’s typical, then I’m really going to rant.