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Country Pumpkin

As you may have guessed from my multitude of music-related entries, I am a huge fan of most genres of music, though there have been periods in my life where I go through what I call, “a rapid expansion phase” of a specific genre. It happened in my adolescene with pop music, late teens with rock and early adulthood with jazz. While I still love those genres, now that I’m about to enter into my fabulous 30s, I find myself gravitating towards a genre you probably would never think someone living in South East Asia would ever love and that’s…COUNTRY, baby!

If music genres were humans, Country music would be to me, someone within the outskirts of a circle of lifelong friends. It’s always been there and I’ve known it all my life – just not well enough. One of earliest memories of being exposed to Country music was through my parents, who love this song:

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream

Aside from that, was the year and a half I was in Nashville, Tennessee. I remember my family and I making multiple visits to the Grand Olde Opry House, me learning the Tennessee Waltz at a Country music festival and even square dancing during gym class (I’d like to think I was pretty good at it, though the cool thing at the time was to never admit it).

So what triggered my sudden interest in Country music? I have to say it has been gradually building since I fell in love with The Voice two years ago, in particular Blake Shelton, the judge representing Country music. 🙂 Though, what made it reach fever pitch was when mad4manu introduced me to an Internet radio station called 181.FM Kickin’ Country, a couple of weeks ago.

In addition to the feel good music arrangement and catchy Southern drawl of the singers, Country music appeals to me because the lyrics of a Country song covers a far wider variety of topics than other genres. Sure, it includes the typical…

1) Break-up songs

Taylor Swift – Picture To Burn 

2) Love songs

Eric Church – Springsteen 

The Band Perry – Postcard from Paris 

3) Carefree songs

Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night 

Kenny Chesney feat. Tim McGraw – Feel Like A Rock Star 

4) Songs about the past

Miranda Lambert – House That Built Me 

But then, there’s those songs whose lyrics are either so unromantic, hilarious, random or quite simply, all three, that it can only be sung with a charmingly confident Country twang. For instance, the songs about:

Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins – Hillybilly Bone

1) Embracing your inner Country side

Justin Moore – Bait A Hook 

2) The AWESOMENESS of a Country man

Trace Adkins – Just Fishin’ 

3) Bonding over fishing

Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup 

4) The CONTAINER that facilitates alcohol consumption (cause singing about drinking or getting drunk is too mainstream)

And in case you still aren’t sold on the appeal of country music, here’s something to chew on. With the exception of two songs, all of the above are available at Redbox Karaoke, a chain of karaoke outlets that’s very popular in Malaysia.

And I would know because mad4manu and I spent 3 successful hours paying homage to Country music. And dammit, it was one of our best outings ever!

Posted on: 2 September 2012



1. madmanu - September 28, 2012

Yee-haw!! When’s the next karaoke session?

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