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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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13 Taylor Swift Lyrics About Love

“We could get married. Have 10 kids and teach em how to dream."


Taylor Swift is the only reason I've gotten through every love, and every break-up. Here's a list of 13 lyrics/quotes about love from Taylor Swift's albums.

“Losing him was blue like I’ve never known. Missing him was dark grey all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. Loving him was red.”

"Red" from the album "Red." This song perfectly describes every feeling that radiates through your entire being when you love and then lose someone.

“I wish we could go back, and remember what we were fighting for. I wish you knew that, I miss you too much to be mad anymore. I wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good. I wish you would.”

"I Wish You Would" from 1989. Sometimes I wish it was acceptable to just blast Taylor Swift during an argument because I totally would.

“You learn my secrets and you figure out why I’m guarded. You say we’ll never make my parents mistake.”

"Mine" from Speak Now. Let's surpass everyone's expectations.

“My baby’s fly like a jet stream, high above the whole scene, loves me like I’m brand new.” 

"Call It What You Want To" from the Reputation album. Once in a lifetime, there's someone who looks at your scars and calls you strong and brave, instead of damaged.

“My mother accused me of losing my mind, but I swore I was fine.” 

"Dear John" from Speak now. Love makes you do crazy things.

“One night he wakes, strange look on his face. Pauses then says ‘you’re my best friend’. And you knew what it was. He is in love.” 

"You Are In Love" from the 1989 album. Swift gives me chills with this song. Every time you think you're in love, you realize that the last time wasn't even close. True love, happens once or twice, and not for everyone.

“You pull my chair out, and help me in. And you don’t know how nice that is, but I do. And you throw your head back laughing like a little kid. I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny cause, he never did. I’ve been spending the last eight months, thinking all love ever does is break, and burn, and end. But on a Wednesday, in a cafe, I watched it begin again.”

"Begin Again" from the Red album. One of my top five favorite songs. Real love shows you how you should've been treated all along.

“Why would you wanna make the very first scar? Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?”

"A Perfectly Good Heart" from the first Taylor Swift album. Some people are only here to take. Never to give or share.

“The rain came pouring down, when I was drowning that’s when I cold finally breathe. And by morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean.”

'Clean' from 1989. It can take years, even lifetimes, to finally feel free from love.

“There I was again tonight, forcing laughter, faking smiles, same old tired lonely place. Walls of insincerity, shifting eyes and vacancy, vanished when I saw your face. All I can say is it was, enchanting to meet you.”

'Enchanted' from Speak Now album. Love at first sight?

“Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone, I’ll be waiting all that’s left to do is run. You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess, it’s a love story, baby just say yes.”

'Love Story' from Fearless album. This song makes me want to take a chance and escape with a stranger.

“I once was poison ivy, but now I’m your daisy.”

"Don't Blame Me" from Reputation. I'm only better when I'm with you.

“We could get married. Have 10 kids and teach em how to dream.”

"Starlight" from the Red album. Only certain people are worth growing with.

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