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, November 08, 2006

Underwood Carries Song to #1

It was only a matter of time before Fourth Season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood made the leap from sweetheart to street walker. Hollywood and music industries quickly force such conversions, it seems.

After touching favorites like "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Don't Forget to Remember Me," the blond-haired beauty is now strutting back alleys, sporting shades, a leather jacket (which she eventually sheds to reveal her pink bra straps), jeans three sizes too small (and a swagger to prove it) and a Louisville slugger.


Here, I thought, was an artist that could carry a song about redemption to the Top 10, and sound good doing it. Now she's had to go and ruin the ride.

I downloaded "Inside Your Heaven." "Don't Forget" wasn't a huge hit for me, but I still enjoyed it. I should have known it would only be just a matter of time until she turned to the Dark Side.

The song's lyrics consist of talking about how, while her cheating boyfriend is messing around with someone else, she lays siege to his "pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive" and details the damage in the chorus, with the verses describing what she imagines the ex-boyfriend is doing with his new girlfriend.

From a CSI perspective, carving the name into the seat was a stupid move, as vandalism happens to be a crime, no matter what the previous emotional provocation might have been. (And in the video, she leaves the bat behind. Hel-lo, finger print central!)

From a moral perspective, the song glorifies the vengance taken upon the deserving ex. The tune is a fun one, and if set to different lyrics, I'm sure I would enjoy it very much. But somehow, I just can't identify with jilted girls bashing up the cars of their cheating boyfriends.

Congratulations on your #1 hit, Ms. Underwood. (The song has since slipped to #4.) Now can we consider this a temporarly lapse in judgement, a brief pothole in the pavement of your career, and we can look forward to some more wholesome, uplifting messages and tunes in the near-future?

In Bad Faith

Faith Hill Says CMA Freakout Was a Joke

I'd love to think the best of Faith about this, but a close watching of the video shows no joke. Look especially at Faith's face when she turns away. She's rolling her eyes, and clearly both hurt and frustrated.

In the words of my favorite Geico caveman...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"But Pa! That ain't country!"

I enjoyed Pixar's latest movie like anyone else who enjoys good movies. It wasn't as phenomenal as some of their earlier works like Toy Story 2 or The Incredibles. But it was a great film.

Adding to the effect, Pixar commissioned America's heartland performers for some musical magic, including Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley.

Paisley's song was shoved to the end credits, sadly, but still fit with the warm, feel-good close of the movie.

Rascal Flatts' rendition of Life is a Highway is playing the airwaves right now. And it is a perfect example of a problem in country music.

Life is a Highway ain't country.

I don't care if they put it on the country charts and country stations hail it as country and play it in their lineups. There is nothing about the song that is country.

Other examples: Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" or Trace Adkins' "Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk." (Which is one of the most repulsive songs since "Save a Horse.")

Now, nothing is wrong with some modern sounds to classic styles. Countless artists are doing this now. Besides using the modern instruments and sounds in the recording studio, production whizzes take the songs and remix them with the artist's voice in different pitches to create the illusion of perfect harmony with "background vocals". Sweetening them up in the studio like that may be cheating, but let's face it, the songs sound pretty good that way.

But come on. Stop putting non-country songs on the country stations.