Christian Views on Country Music

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Big and Rich: Big but not Rich

The firecracker duo known as Big and Rich made ripples behind the microphones with writing and background vocals for artists such as Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill before making their own splash in the country music world. But their singing seems more rowdy than their writing, and it's not just the voices.

Big and Rich forge a unique combination, beating out the styles even of other duos such as Brooks and Dunn, with "Big" Kenny setting his low and nasal voice against the higher voice of John "Rich".

Their appearance is as unique as their sounds; Big Kenny looks like he stepped off the back lot of Mardis Gras (or MTV studios, one) while John Rich sticks with the more contemporary cowboy hat and dressy jacket.

Sound and appearance aside, the content of the group is what often defines them, and you need look no farther than their first big hit, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". As usual with songs, the lascivious number's video was even more raunchy than the lyrics. It took months of switching to other stations before I actually gathered an accumulated half of the song in bits and pieces. The song screams "sex" at the listener from beginning to end.

The two found a calmer and more ambiguous sound in their next single, "Holy Water". Reportedly, the song is intended to support battered and abused women, but the lyrics to me did not make much sense.

Their next six singles, "I Played Chicken with the Train," "Big Time" "Our America," "Coming to Your City" "Never Mind Me" and "That's How They do it in Dixie" never even made it to my airwaves.

The two revealed their patriotic colors in the military ballad "8th of November," telling the story of a military skirmish in Vietnam that all but wiped out the 173rd Airborne division. Notably, the song doesn't try to avoid references which "date" the song. (The soldier sung of is is "19 and green" when he leaves for war, and is 58 at the present day, and the chorus states that the 8th of November spoken of is in 1965. Ergo, the song was written in 2004.

But, excepting "8th of November," Big and Rich didn't score big with my personal tastes until their recent hit, "Lost in the Moment." The song centers around a wedding, and has a very wholesome, clean sound to it. Although all the details are taking place (parents, candles, flowers, music, vows), all the singer can be is:

Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling's so absolute
There's no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you

Demonstrating once again that discerning individuals can seldom pick an entire group either to love or hate. No artist can be judged by the merit of one raunchy single, or one beautiful ballad. It's song-by-song all the way.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say that you don't understand the lyrics to "Holy Water." What is it that has you so baffled? It seems pretty straightforward to me...?

1:49 PM  

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