Christian Views on Country Music

Welcome! This is the blog of DaveLoneRanger which entails only his commentary on country music, from a Christian conservative perspective. Thus, he takes a dim view of some songs many consider "staples" of country, such as drinking songs. Ye be warned.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Brad Paisley's "She's Everything"

I'm still trying to figure out when exactly Brad released his new single "Everything to Me" but regardless, it's only made its way down the pike to local radio stations, thus I only heard it for the first time mere days ago. Ironically, it was on a station which isn't known for carrying premiere singles. And I would have heard it on the other two stations, which DO carry premiere singles.

We're real Brad Paisley fans here at CVoCM. Most of his songs are about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. A few exceptions are "The Fishing Song" (where Brad sings about chosing fishing over his wife when his wife presents that ultimatum) and "Alcohol" which is supposed to be a fun drinking song, but glories a little too much in the 'booze-it-up' lifestyle.

Whiskey Lullaby was not so much an immoral song as a sad sing singing about the tragic consequences of an immoral lifestyle. Combined with the soft tones of Alison Krauss, the song's melody itself was excellent.

But the basic point is, Brad's style makes him one of the few artists whose albums decorate my shelf.

So anyway, down to his new single, She's Everything. If you're not competent enough to punch in "Lyrics to 'Everything to Me'" then, here's the link: Lyrics to "Everything to Me" by Brad Paisley at Cowboylyrics.com.

Like "Little Moments" before, Brad is singing quietly yet earnestly about how he loves the little things about the singer's wife. Off the heels of "Brand New Girlfriend" ("a use 'em and lose 'em" attitude), the song refreshes us with the singer's intent to have his wife in the rocking chair beside him when he's 90.

Also like Little Moments, Brad sings about love even in the unhappy moments (such as Mondays, or when the cake burns, etc).

Another quiet love song from Brad earns a 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Keep 'em coming, Brad.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Starting off...

This blog takes a critical look at current country music songs as they are released, as well as reviewing already-existing songs.

There will be no specific format. We'll just blog as songs pop into our head. In our area (that's the royal "we" by the way) there are at least three or four country music stations, so there's not going to be a shortage for the foreseeable future.

We'll review artists' radio singles almost exclusively, as album-buying gets to be expensive, and will almost always include some song that decreases the album's worth.

We enjoy country music a great deal, so we'll not just be giving the moral thumbs up or down on a song. We'll critique the style as well as substance.

So with that in mind, now you know what to expect from this blog. Enjoy.

Un-Holy song hits #1

Steve Holy was once considered a one-hit wonder for his song "Good Morning Beautiful" which we at Christian Views enjoyed.

Another single "Go Home" encouraged goodness and reconciliation.

And now, Steve Holy has hit the jackpot with his new single "Brand New Girlfriend." Jackpot, meaning billboard hits.

Morally, the song is at the bottom of the heap.

It begins as a ballad, with the singer relating how his girlfriend felt a need to back away from the relationship. Holy soon breaks out the pizazz when he explains that he reacts the way "any gentleman would do." (We know it's a tongue-in-check expression, but one wonders where this concept of "gentleman" comes from?)

Now the singer can do nothing but brag about how he got a brand-new girlfriend, explaining that they lie on the beach wearing "nothing but a smile" and playing "kissy-kissy." In the song's bridge, however, the singer himself is showing signs of hesitancy when he mentions that his new opposite is hearing wedding bells and making plans.

Yes, a grand specimen of moral decay once again crosses the country music airwaves and hits it big. Cheap is the word, date-em-and-hate-em is the action. The song makes it sound like a big pile of laughs to dump your old girlfriend and get a new one. As if they are commodities, and you can just trade an old model in for a new one. And not only do you start looking for new love interests, but you fly them out to the weekend and engage in all sorts of illicit activities without so much as an admission of fondness.

No doubt you'll accuse us of taking the light-hearted song too seriously. We'll simply ask why it is that we would want to take romantic relationships lightly. And furthermore, we'd like to direct your attention to the following article as evidence why this song deserves the big red zilch.

Study: Sexy Lyrics Lead To Sex Sooner