Lessons Learned From Country Music

Lessons Learned From Country Music

Country music is truth about life set to the sound of a guitar.

Country music is as American as it gets through telling ballads of achy-breaky hearts, hard-working people, and the beauty of the simple life. In recent years, country music has drastically changed from the original "hillbilly" or "honky-tonk" sound that it once was into today's "hickhop" variety. Regardless of how country music has evolved over the years, there is one thing that remains consistent: the lessons that one can learn from listening to country radio.

1. How to treat a woman

Every male country singer has released at least one song about how to treat a woman right. The "King of Country Music", George Strait, is well-known for his respect of women with countless hit songs. However, the song that sets the bar for how to treat a women is Cross My Heart in which Strait proclaims, "I'll give all that I've got to give to make all your dreams come true..." or the other "King of Country Music" Tim McGraw who says that, "Just to see you smile, I'd do anything..." But most recently, Thomas Rhett has proved just how happy a man can be when treating women right when dedicated this song to his wife, "If all I've got is your hand in my hand, baby, I could die a happy man." Even though men know how to treat a woman right, sometimes things go wrong which leads to the next lesson.

2. When a woman is hurt, she will get revenge

Whether it be Carrie Underwood proudly proclaiming to have, "...dug my keys into the side of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats..." Or country icon, Garth Brooks' award-winning single, Thunder Rolls, that tells the tale of a woman who puts an end to his husband's cheating ways. No matter what happened to a person, revenge will be sought.

3. Don't take life for granted

Kenny Chesney said it best in his song entitled, Don't Blink which states that, "Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap. Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife. A hundred years goes faster than you think, so don't blink..."

4. Old back roads are the place to be

Whether it be Justin Moore's One Back Road, Jason Aldean's Dirt Road Anthem, Granger Smith's Backroad Song, or the classic Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn, all country musicians want one thing, "...[to have] one dirt road that leads back to a honey hole..." where memories can be made amidst the peace and quiet.

5. Melodies remind you of memories

Eric Church's hit song, Springsteen, said it best that every melody reminds you of a memory like "When you hear born in the USA, do you relive those glory days from so long ago?"

6. The appeal of trucks and country boys

Nothing more could possibly be said about this when Kip Moore and Trace Adkins said it best. "There's something about a truck in a farmer's field," and "...ladies love country boys."

7. Farmer's daughters and country girls are something special

Simply put by Rodney Atkins, "Just when I thought it couldn't get no hotter, I caught a glimpse of the farmer's daughter." Not only are they a force to be reckoned with but their father is one worse yet as they sit on the porch cleaning their gun.

8. All you need in life is someone to love

In country music, people believe in the idea that as long as you have the right person by your side you can do anything, but be sure to, "...be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you," as told by Lee Brice.

9. Agriculture is the backbone of the USA

Whether it be thanking a farmer for the work that they do, reminiscing about bygone days of growing up on a farm, or simply telling tales of everyday life on the farm, there is a country song. Such as Jason Aldean speaking about "...getting up before the dawn...spending another day in the dusty haze...[to produce] the cheapest grain he's ever sold, but he's still holding on." Or James Wesley encouraging people to thank a farmer because they are the "men on [their] knees praying for rain that made this country stronger."

10. Importance of faith and family

Most importantly, country music believes in the importance of having faith in a greater power. Also, having that faith can be the key to making it through this crazy world. Brooks and Dunn said it best when they sang, "I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red... I believe." Furthermore, country music believes in the idea that home is not just a place, it is a feeling. No matter how far you go, you can always go home and so as John Denver sang, "Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.

If the fans of country radio listened carefully enough to the songs that they sing along to while driving down the back roads, they would realize that these songs are created with a far greater intent than just entertainment, the sound of a guitar, or a deep southern drawl. Country music tells the truth about life from the viewpoint of all ages and teaches countless life-lessons in as little as three minutes.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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