As my fellow bloggers have pointed out, people seem to love all types of music except for country. So in today's Monday Music Moment, I question why this is the case.
I think that people don't like country music because of the singers.
Some country music sounds like standard pop music if you replace the singer with a contemporary pop star. I think Taylor Swift proves this point in a way. Her music is considered "country" still, but her glorious tunes are spread all over Billboard: she has been dominating the country charts for a long time now, but she currently has TWO singles in the top 20 of the Pop Songs chart.
So how does T. Swift manage to appear on the country and pop charts at the same time? Well she is a fantastic songwriter, so that helps, but I think her voice is a big part of it. She doesn't sound country really. She has no accent and she doesn't use verbal markers that people associate with Southern American English (i.e. "a-" attached to a verb, short front vowels sounding similar, etc.). One reason I like Taylor so much is because I think she starts to prove the point that some country music isn't really as country as some people think it is.
Now trust me, there are some bad country songs. I think another problem with country music is that people think it all sounds the same. And I think there is a certain type of country music (performed by Toby Keith [ugh sick!]) that does all sound the same. This is the wannabe-humorous type of country that is usually really cheesy and becomes dated about three months after it's released.
But I think if more people listened to country music, they would find that its not that different from other types of music that they're probably listening to. And really, if people like "anything but country," why do they listen to classical, jazz, African tribal, flamenco, and chamber music and not give country music a fair shot?
Anyway, here's the real point of this post: I am in love with these two country songs right now.
First, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now"
And second, and a little more "country" I suppose, is Nicole Kidman's hubby Keith Urban with"'Til Summer Comes Around." I love whiny singers!
So if you are one of those 'everything but country' people, please, tell me:
what is it about country music that you don't like?