Saturday, November 05, 2016

Two Country Songs We Could All Use

This election season has certainly been one for the books, though not always in the best of ways. Headlines regarding this year's political scene use words like "surreal," "harsh," "turmoil," "chaos," "circus," and more.

At the same time, the election season seems to mirror a lot of the issues our country is facing.

Music has always been a constant that people can turn to, and some songs on country radio today are trying to drown out all the noise in the world, and even encourage change.

Tim McGraw: "Humble and Kind"
"Hold the door, say 'please,' say 'thank you'
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind"
 
The first time I heard Tim McGraw's "Humble And Kind," I became a little choked up. It has such a sweet, sincere feeling to it. It reminded me of the golden rules and simpler times of my childhood, while also urging me to continue these traditions for the rest of my life. 

While Tim McGraw wants to spread positive vibes, Eric Church takes a different route, by destroying negativity at its core: through words.

Eric Church: "Kill A Word"
"If I could kill a word and watch it die
I'd poison 'never,' shoot 'goodbye'
Beat 'regret' when I felt I had the nerve
Yeah, I'd pound 'fear' to a pile of sand
Choke 'lonely' out with my bare hands
I'd hang 'hate' so that it can't be heard
If I could only kill a word"
 
Church's gritty methods he'd use to take out words like "disgrace" and "hostile" just might work. I find the combination of this song's strong lyrics and stunning vocals very moving.

What would you add to this list?

1 comment:

  1. I really like "Humble and Kind." Garth Brooks' "People Loving People" is a good one, too.

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