While doing homework at my friend’s house a couple years ago, I heard my first Country song. Eric Church with his hit Springsteen was next on the playlist.As I scrolled up and down, looking for interesting music, Eric Church’s voice sang “To this day when I hear that song,I see you standin’ there on that lawn. Discount shades, store bought tan, flip flops and cut-off jeans”. At first, it was all pure curiosity, however, I must say, that those lyrics combined with that specific rhythm, dramatically impacted me in ways that I never imagined.
Country Music, is now one of the few things that I never reject. It doesn’t matter how many hours of Country/Folk I listen to,at the beginning of every song I still feel the same captivating interest. Yes. For many people this might be tiring and monotonous, but remember, we all have our own little special things that others may not like, but we still love.
Every morning of everyday, I faithfully follow my routine. I wake up, play some Country Music, and start getting ready for a new day. Back in the day, I never payed much attention to a specific style of music. I didn’t have a specific favorite musical style that I felt completely identified with.However, Country Music came along and somehow changed my perspective.I suddenly began to research and ask people about Country, just to know and learn little by little. As you might imagine, I ended up learning a lot more than I thought I would.
Just to give give you a little taste of what kind of impact I’m referring to, I encourage you to look back into your life. Imagine that one song that makes you smile no matter how sad or down you are feeling. Isn’t it pretty special when you can connect in such way with one specific song? Don’t you feel as if you were completely and helplessly in love with it? You keep replaying it over and over again, just because each time you listen to it, the lyrics somehow become more real.
This is the kind of feeling I encountered when I first started to explore the Country genre. Country singers like Johnny Cash and Luke Bryan, Country covers by Tim McGraw and Josh Turner, and even Country lyrics themselves, all somehow added up to form what today I call my personal joyful noise. It never even mattered what the situation was/is about. As long as I can listen to a good Country song, focusing on the positive side and in the things that truly matter becomes so much easier.
I won’t tell you to hold on to Country Music specifically, but I will encourage you to hold on to whatever it is that makes you smile even in your rough days. Just stop and look around. What about the little things you’ve been taking for granted? And what about the great things that evidently matter, but you choose to leave behind?
Make sure that you never abandon the little or big things that provide a simple smile to your monotonous days. Or else you’d be abandoning a part of yourself. If you don’t hold on to the things you love and appreciate, why should others do so? Why would other people hold on and appreciate Country, when I, feeling deeply identified and interested in Country, decide to let go of it?
Sometimes we actually need to be put in situations like this so we can realize how important some things are in our lives. I honestly never thought I would care so much for music and look where I’m at.Just keep in mind that when you care enough for something, you are willing to defend it until the end.To help me out a little think about this, would you ever defend the little things that you love? How efficient would you be when it comes to defending that one thing that interests you the most? How would you feel if suddenly the little things that made your rough days a little brighter were taken away from you? (feel free to leave comments)
“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living” This blog post is the result of arduous wok for a Communications Class Project. Feel free to comment suggestions,thoughts, or concerns.
Thalia Tiburcio is a high school senior at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. Lover of anything that involves physical activity and music,especially Country/Folk.
Communications Student 2013
Bonjour! I’m a high school senior at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. I love music, especially Country/Folk. Jesus is the King of my heart! <3
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