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 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.

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