Christian Views on Country Music

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tim McGraw - An exercise in elasticity

When I think of Tim McGraw, the one word that comes to my mind is "eclectic." (Look it up.)

There are so many of his diverse singles that are enjoyable and uplifting. While pondering what I would write for this entry, I flipped on one the local country stations and heard one of my favorites, Indian Outlaw. This song (along with "Real Good Man," which is a rather repulsive song if you ask me, "Something Like That" and "Do You Want Fries With That?) showcases Tim's "bad boy" side.

Then you have "Nostalgia" songs like "Don't Take the Girl," "Just to See You Smile," "Red Ragtop," (a tragic but real-life song about a boy who defrauds a girl, and then she winds up pregnant and gets an abortion) and "One of These Days."

Then Tim has his "Down-home Country" category, including "Down on the Farm," "My Next Thirty Years" and "Back When."

Then Tim sings Family/Love Songs, like "I Like It, I Love It," "Let's Make Love," (which is all about sexual intimacy, basically, and while that's okay for the married folk, it's not very helpful for unmarried Christians waging the Thought War) "She's My Kind of Rain," "Watch the Wind Blow By" and his most recent single, "My Little Girl."

Some of Tim's songs also classify under what I would call the Profound category, songs like "Drugs or Jesus," "Live Like You Were Dying" and perhaps "Bring On The Rain."

I would not consider myself a "fan" of Tim McGraw's. Particularly given his remarks about Presidents Bush and Clinton, but also because I am not a fan of any one singer, but rather of certain songs. This is the case because most artists have good songs, and songs which disagree with me as a Christian.

Tim's latest song, My Little Girl, comes from his upcoming film debut "Flicka," and adds a large selection of nostalgic, sentimental violins and stringed instruments to the background. I of course cannot yet know the feelings of fatherly love, but if I were, this song would probably match perfectly with it.

It's great to hear genuine family virtues such as love and devotion come over the airwaves. 10 out of 10 stars for Tim's latest, "My Little Girl."