Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Musically sheltered

When I was growing up, my mother sheltered me, musically. I could probably say that she stifled me, somewhat, but she didn't do it on purpose. She just didn't like any music besides country, so whenever I was with her (which was basically all the time) that's all we listened to. As an anecdote to illustrate my point, I remember being in either jr. high or early high school and being all "Man! Dad, Mom said you like The Beatles? (as if The Beatles were a new and cool thing that virtually no one knew about) They're really neat sounding!" I'm pretty sure Dad just sighed resignedly and let it go. (Fun fact: The first Beatles song I really remember was "Free as a Bird")

Because of all of this, I am actually quite a fan of pre-pop country. As in, country when there was still a twang (I am from Texas, after all), but not so much that it was grating. Y'all, it was 80s/90s Country, and it was sooo good. To name a few:

    Garth Brooks
    Reba McEntire
    George Strait
    Brooks & Dunn
    Vince Gil
    Diamond Rio
    Trisha Yearwood
    John Michael Montgomery
    Martina McBride
    Faith Hill
    Tim McGraw
    Kathy Mattea
    Toby Keith
    Deana Carter
    Trace Adkins
    Terri Clark
    The Judds
    Chely Wright
    Sara Evans
    The Dixie Chicks....

I could probably go on. (Ok, fine. That was way more than "a few") I also recognize that some of these are really pushing the pop country line, but I don't care. They are sooooooo good (reiterated and with more o's). Anywho, here's your little bloggy dose of 90s country:

I Cross My Heart - George Strait
This always reminds me of gymnasium dances in jr. high. *swoon*

Safe in the Arms of Love - Martina McBride
Not one of her biggest hits, but I wanted something upbeat and... really none of the really good girl songs are upbeat...

Shameless - Garth Brooks
ZOMG. best. My internet searches for random info on Mr. Brooks yielded rumors of a tour with Trisha Yearwood and/or Reba McEntire as openers. YES, PLEASE. I'd pay to see that shit, for sure.

In other news, I think I have discovered the secret to being able to wake up in the morning. I usually... like every morning (read: 11:30am)... will lay in bed and just in general not want to get up for probably an hour depending on when I have set my alarms (all 4 of them) and which one actually wakes me up. But I also usually... like pretty much every night... right before I go to bed, I'll eat something. I'm not talking a little something, either. I mean like a plateful (or 2) of pasta. I accidentally didn't do that earlier this week and ended up waking up at 6 in the morning. Go figure. So I also didn't eat a ton of carbs right before bed last night, and I was able to coherently wake up at 6:45 and remember that I had to be at work at 8. I think I will continue with this. It worked surprisingly well.

Lastly, CONSUMED my morning in a ball of flames. Amusingly accurate and somewhat revealing flames.


Carolyn said...

I completely agree. I heart Reba. Someone told me she's suppose to be coming out with a new CD, but they might just be playing with my emotions.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Sadly my secret to getting up easily early in the morning was just not to go to bed. It did not improve my productivity.

SassyLittleGinger said...

i absolutely despise country music (and all of my family loves it, my dad even owns a banjo!!!) but i've come to realize that i enjoy listening to older stuff, even george strait and reba and those kids. as for kenny chesney and keith urban and the other dudes that have come out within the past 10 or so years, i'll pass. i would much rather hear live banjo/acoustic guitar music with a cute girly singer than rascal flatts. i know that makes me sound like a giant douche, especially admitting that my dad has a banjo, but it's true. i love me some deliverance. lol.

Courtney said...

@Carolyn - Those bastards.

@Señor Laoch - Yeah... I can only do that about one time ever 2 or 3 months. It just takes all of the life right out of me.

@SLG - I am in absolute agreement with you on this. That's why I was so specific in decade. I actually almost listed Rascal Flatts as an example of country music that is NOT in the category that I enjoy. As for the banjo, confession: I love me some Bela Fleck. You wanna see some gorgeous banjo, check that out. (Why does that sound oddly suggestive? Perhaps everything I utter or type is... oh well. Viva al blog)