Monday, September 13, 2010
Chicken Soup for the Country Music Lover's Soul
Ok-so I love all kinds of music-those of you who know me know this. Because I love so many different kinds I go through phases where one dominates my life. This summer involved a lot of country-thanks to a few friends who I have found also appreciate it. Usually country music gets a bad rep from people my age. Honestly, if I did not have some Nashville roots, I'd probably had never given it a chance. Some of it is out of control with cheesy lyrics that don't hold a lot of depth (lets be honest though how many rap songs do...think about it & I like that too), but it's the twang that gets to me-just can't handle it. However, over the last couple of weeks, some lyrics have been speaking to my soul. Some of these songs I have loved forever and they are just resurfacing and now have a little more perspective on life than that pretty awkward girl (10-15) who lived in Nashville. So...I want to provide a quick sample for those of you who doubt or have no opinions on this...a little chicken soup or what have you...remember how those books used to be a big deal...haha! Also please note the best time to listen to these and we all know I recommend listening to at full volume in the car with windows down!
This is the song that inspired the idea for this post but gave me a good motivating boost that day...may have some cliche notions but don't judge. Timing: When you need to get through the yucky, grey stuff
Jo Dee Messina "That's The Way It Is"
"...Well I know from expirence nothin's ever gonna make perfect sense
Oh, one day you get what you want but it's not what you think then you get what you need...'
This song...maybe a lil more targeted towards the girls and conversations we've had recently...timing: when you've been on a really bad first date...just remember...it's gonna happen...these terrible dates won't last forever.
Rascal Flatts "Bless the Broken Road"
"...I think about the years I spent, just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost, and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand you've been there, you understand
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true"
This song has been a teaching point for me recently-I have not always been good about opening up on things I need help with but as of this summer and needing a lot of help many friends have come to my aid, have gotten me to open up and although I still have a very hard time with it, I am thankful for those of you who this song represents. Timing-I dunno to realize who your "people" or "person" are...
Lady Antebellum "I Run to You"
"...This world keeps spinning faster into a new disaster so I run to you, I run to you baby
When it all starts coming undone baby, you're the only one I run to, I run to you"
This song...timing: realizing that through any of the bad that is going on that there is also some really great and when it comes down to it...really, honestly, you and your life and the way you live it and the way it's going if you're staying motivated and working hard and surrounding yourself with great people-is pretty dang great!
Keith Urban "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"
"...And the sun is shinin' this road keeps windin' through the prettiest country from Georgia to Tennessee
And I got the one I love beside me my troubles behind me I'm alive and I'm free who wouldn't wanna be me"
Okay-maybe this one is more unique to me because most girls just get mad when a boy is dumb or hurts them...I just really do question what they're thinking (not because I think that they'll never do better than me or anything), but usually its over stupid things and I can't be mad but just wonder why they'd ever take it as far as they did, sometimes if they knew all along how they felt.
Taylor Swift "A Perfectly Good Heart" (one of her few that I don't feel is laced with boy hate)
"...Maybe I should've seen the signs, should've read the writing on the wall.
And realized by the distance in your eyes that I would be the one to fall.
No matter what you say, I still can't believe that you would walk away.
It don't make sense to me, but:
Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?
Why would you wanna take our love and tear it all apart, now?
Why would you wanna make the very first scar?
Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?
It's not unbroken anymore. How do I get it back the way it was before?"
Take it easy: listen to this one and realize that some of the things that seem soooo monumental and that they may break you or make you a crazy person are going to pass-now this is just for the little things...the bigger things take a little more work but...this should help for the little things...really I want to post all of the lyrics to this song because they are funny and make a few crazy things seem a little more light.
SheDaisy "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing"
"...Ever sat yourself down when the seat is all wet
Or see your "ex" sucking face with a little brunette
Don't worry 'bout it, no don't worry
Ever lost your religion, ever lost your best friend
Or found your last record in the bargain bin
Or been stuck in a divorce like crazy glue
Or scraped someone else's gum off the bottom of your shoe - Boo hoo!
Life is funny, life's a mess sometimes a curse, sometimes a blessing
Don't worry 'bout a thing, don't worry 'bout it
Life gets sticky, life can bruise sometimes you win sometimes you're losing
No matter what it brings don't worry 'bout a thing"
Okay-this one makes me cry every single time but one thing that we can say about family is that they do talk about family (2 of my other favorites are Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes" and Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl," but this one talks about the whole fam...maybe I wouldn't advise to listen to this-I usually switch it when I miss my family-I have a love/hate relationship with this song...
Carrie Underwood "Don't Forget to Remember Me"
"...This downtown apartment sure makes me miss home
And those bills there on the counter keep telling me I'm on my own
And just like every Sunday I called momma up last night
And even when it's not, I tell her everything's all right
Before we hung up I said "Hey momma, don't forget:
To tell my baby sister I'll see her in the fall
And tell me-maw that I miss her Yeah, I should give her a call
And make sure you tell Daddy that I'm still his little girl
Yeah I still feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be don't forget to remember me"
Okay...those are just a few random tidbits-enjoy! I loved researching this-hope it helps-helped me-and maybe I'll do this again with another form of music-so much to go around!!!!!!!!!!!!!