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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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Martina Sings "Anyway"

In her first single release since "I Still Miss Someone" (which never made it to my airwaves) and "Rose Garden," Martina McBride has released a new single entitled "Anyway."

I was listening to the premiere of the single on AfterMidnite with Blair Garner, and immediately loved the song. The message is inspiring, and the music fits perfectly.

Click here for lyrics, and listen to the song.

In life, a lot of things are judged as meaningless, that nothing is accomplished through life, love or prayer. McBride cuts through the pessamistic voices and extends a hand and an invitation to sing (live, love, pray) anyway. There is worthwhile joy and beauty to be found in the "worthless" things such as these. McBride even takes the lyrics and applies them to herself by singing: "You can pour your soul out singing a song you believe in that tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang. Sing it anyway."

Not a lot of people are reading or will read this blog, I expect.

But, I'll blog it anyway.

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Watching Rodney Atkins' "Watching You"

Rodney Atkins' latest, "Watching You" has now climbed to #2 on the Country Billboard charts.

I was delighted with Atkins' single "If You're Going Through Hell," and it was one of those songs that I could peg as headed for the top. (Unfortunately, it stayed at the top so long, I began to grow tired of it.)

But "Watching You" seems to be one of those contrived "Awwwww" songs. In country music, there exist a select group of songs whose attempts to be touching and elicit purrs and choruses of "awww" are overdone. That's what strikes me about this song. (Another example of such a song would be Reba's "My Sister.")

The song is still cute, even with the blatent ad for McDonald's thrown in. The basic gist of the song is that, while driving along with his little boy in the car seat, a father is forced to slam on the brakes. This induces the dad to spout a four-letter word, which his little boy repeats. (The song is sung from the first-person perspective of the father.)

This humbles the father into realizing his good AND bad traits are being passed down to his son, and he starts some new trends for his "buckaroo."

The song passes on a good lesson, and has a relatively catchy tune, but again, I still can't shake the feeling that the "awww" factor is a little forced. I predict a rapid fall after the song peaks on the charts.