Free Essay

Is This Country Music?

In: Film and Music

Submitted By justregan50
Words 424
Pages 2
Opinion Editorial
Is this country music? “Do you wish somebody had the nerve to tell that stupid boss of yours to shove it, next time he yells at you,” sings Brad Paisley on the renowned Nashville stage.
With its world premiere at the 2010 Country Music Awards, Brad Paisley’s new hit single, “This is Country Music,” has taken the likes of millions of fans across the world.
While referring to several of the past and present faces of country music including George Strait and Johnny Cash, it is no wonder this song has soared up the music charts. Numerous covers of “This is Country Music” have been posted to YouTube at a high rate and their view count number is getting bigger by the hour.
Paisley, who was is also the Country Music Award’s entertainer of the year, shows his heartfelt sincerity in this song by singing about country music and how so many songs can be related to everyday life. Not every song will relate to every listener, but there is sure to be a country song that relates to your life in one way or another.
Whether it’s an upbeat song like “Country Boys Can Survive” or a slow song like Dolly Parton’s “Stand by Your Man,” Paisley covered the bases for everyone’s personal soundtrack.
Approximately two minutes into the song there is a thirty second guitar solo before he discusses country music’s strong point of view on freedom in America. The melody coming from fiddles and banjos is reduced to showcase Paisley and his showy electric guitar solo.
Although I was able to reveal several memorable parts of the song, I cannot do the same for the ending. With over one minute left in the song, Paisley begins rattling off numerous old country songs. Rather than making me realize what exactly country music is, the ending makes me question what one song has to do with another.
I think this song would be more powerful and would reach a larger audience if Paisley would have sang about the content of popular country songs rather than attempting to sing the title while having his voice overpowered by background music.
Following his greatest hits album, Paisleys fourth album, also entitled “This is Country Music,” will be released with this popular track and several others on May 24.
Although the song “This is Country Music” has some faults that could be improved on, premiering it months before Paisley’s fourth album is released is giving country music fans across the world reason to listen.

Similar Documents

Free Essay

Controversy in Country Music

...Draft) The genre of country music has brought about many controversial issues, like in the example of Carrie Underwood’s catchy tune, cheating and retribution. The bluntness of this enriched genre of music, based on our patriotic roots as Americans, gives off a distasteful and bitter taste to those who don’t see themselves above country- loving or uneducated ‘hicks.’ Critics of country music in the article ‘Acting Naturally: Cultural Distinction and Critiques of Pure Country’ cannot comprehend what is portrayed in this type of music, something of which us ‘hicks’ like to refer to as the ‘simple life’. Country music may be controversial, but it has been able to overcome the stereotypes so that now even those who aren’t living the ‘country life’ can enjoy its passion- filled quality. Country music has always been a very popular form of expression that has been loved by people since its’ beginning in the stereotyped, southern sound form. Also considered to own the fastest growing audience in America, country music has certainly earned its place being the favorite form of music in many people’s hearts. However, just because we as we choose to listen to this music, does not mean “we're all store-bought cowboys and armchair hillbillies.” In fact, classifying a person according to the music they decide to listen to does little to describe the actual person. These people are found in all different types of music; limiting these trend lovers to just country music is certainly......

Words: 870 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Roots of Blues and Country Music

...and Country music Roots of Blues and Country music Marc A. Cañas Brandman University Roll Over Beethoven: A Survey of Rock and Roll Professor: Jeanne Mayer, Ph.D April 11, 2010 Blues & Country The Blues and Country Music Blues and country music both developed in the 19th century in the Southern United States. They share a similar history. For this reason, they share many of the same musical and lyrical characteristics. The Blues Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre created primarily within the African-American communities in the Deep South of the United States at the end of the 19th century. The roots. Blues finds its roots from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. Attributes. The blues genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as specific lyrics, bass lines and instruments. Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century. Early social importance. The first appearance of the blues is often dated after the Emancipation Act of 1863, between 1870 and 1900, a period that coincides with Emancipation and, later, the development of juke joints as places where Blacks went to listen to music, dance, or gamble after a hard day's work. This......

Words: 829 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Music Analysis

...Music Performance Experience Paper On April 27th 2012 I went to the Stagecoach festival and saw the band Alabama to which I am going to be comparing to what I have learned in class as well as the experience I had during the concert. Alabama is an older country band that is from Fort Payne, Alabama and was founded in 1969. Alabama is known for bringing the country music “band” to the mainstream music scene. In addition Alabama crossed old time traditional country music with southern rock and created a new sound in the early 70s. Alabama uses 2 lead guitars, a rhythm guitar, the fiddle and drums to create their own unique country sound. Alabama sticks to the older country sounds as well as bringing a newer style of music that melds almost seamlessly together, in their song “Mountain Music” they sing about the old country music from the mountains of the east where country music was started and the Carter family pioneered. “Play me some mountain music like grandma and grandpa used to play, then ill float down on the river to a Cajun hideaway,” this opening line from “mountain music” speaks of the old times of country music where Alabama got their sound from. This song sings about the music the artists were brought up listening to with their parents and also gives a little foresight into the Cajun type of country music that came later on after country began spreading from the mountains of the Virginias. “Play some back-home come-on music that comes from the heart, play...

Words: 740 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Christian and Country Music

...Christian and Country Music Debra Blackwelder Com/155 April 1, 2012 Sherri Shadle Christian and Country Music Chanting and singing hymnals were the earliest form of Christian music. In about the year 112, (Today, 1/01) Roman Christians would chant verses from the bible in honor of Christ. Back then it was hard for some to distinguished early Christian poetry from hymns. The earliest hymnbook was published in America in 1737. During the eighteenth century, hymnbooks did not include musical notes. It was not until 1831 that musical notes were added to hymnals. (Townsend, 7/01) On the other hand, Country music started evolving rapidly in the 1920s and had originally started in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Its roots came from traditional folk, Celtic, gospel, and old-time music. The evolution of country and Christian music comes from deep-rooted sounds of Christian worship. Columbia Records began issuing records with “hillbilly” music as early as 1924. (Aces and Eights, n.d.) During the 1930s and 1940s “Western” songs were popularized by films made in Hollywood. In 1939, country musicians began recording boogie. The trickle of what was initially called Hillbilly Boogie was later called Country Boogie became a flood around late 1945 and lasted until 1950s. By the end of World War II “mountaineer” string band music known as bluegrass had emerged. In this period country music was called folk in the trade and hillbilly within the industry....

Words: 870 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Yah Moms

...Intro With Country Music’s rise in popularity, it is important to note some of the most relevant changes in the music being produced in the genre. This industry is relatively new to the music scene and only began in the 1920s. Since its debut in the music world, Country Music has changed throughout the decades and evolved into what is now known as, “Sixth Generation” Country Music. The most noted difference, becoming more apparent as the genre has progressed, is the themes in the music. Country Music is most famous for telling stories of faith, patriotism, love, sorrow, and of the common workingman. However, the genre is seeing a change in the recent music being produced. It is becoming apparent that lyricists are moving away from the traditional themes of Country Music and introducing its new style, called, “Bro-Country.” This style is defined as contatining lyrics about pretty girls, trucks, beer, alcohol that leads to sex, and scantly dressed women. According to Neff, “…objectification, was the main form of sexism in country music.” According to Rogers, “Most people would assume that country is less sexist or has the least detrimental type of sexism within its lyrical content. However, one might also argue that it is more dangerous when sexism is buried within the lyrics. People might think this is “quality” music on the surface and really take the lyrics seriously. The idea that this is wholesome music is really what makes it necessary to study......

Words: 828 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

History

...selected for this term paper is Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party.” This is his newest album and it was released on November 2nd, 2010. This album is a my favorite country singer and the four songs that I have chosen to write about are “Dirt Road Anthem”, “Tattoos On This Town”, “Church Pew Or Bar Stool” and “My Kinda Party.” I will elaborate on four elements of popular music in each song that meets the terms in our textbook. For the conclusion portion of this album review I will also explain how this “My Kinda Party” represents an example of popular music according to our text “Popular Music in America” written by Michael Campbell. My favorite song from Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” is titled “Dirt Road Anthem”. This song is somewhat unusual for Jason Aldean’s normal performance style. The chorus is sang with his normal sounding “twangy” voice. However the verses are heavily influence by rap and expressed in a fast paced rhythm and a low-pitched voice during his rhymes. The Instrumentation of this song includes the electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and piano. The chorus contains elements of rock music and uses the electric guitar. The chorus also has an 8-beat rhythm. During each rap verse the beat changes to a 16 beat rhythm. Another song I really enjoyed on this album is track number eleven titled “Texas Was You” on Jason Aldean’s 2010 album “My Kinda Party.” This song contains elements of both country music and rock music.......

Words: 899 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Rap vs Country

...Today there are many different genres of music. There are many types of music for anyone. Country and Rap music may be two most popular types of music. Many people who like country dislike rap music and the other way around. Many people who listen to rap would never listen to country or ever admit to it. On the other hand people who listen to country may enjoy some rap music. In each type of music, they have many sub-genres. There also are many stereotypes that are associated with these different genres of music. Many people think that country music and rap are completely different but they do have some similarities. Country music originates from the southern states. Country music has been around longer than rap music. Country music started to get popular in the 1920’s whereas rap was started in the 1970s. Many people who dislike this kind of music think it’s a bunch of hicks singing about how they lost their girlfriend, dog or truck. Most country songs tell stories, beginning, middle and end. Unlike rap music, many country songs do not include cuss words or very few of them. Rap music contains many cuss words and sexually explicit lyrics. Also where Rappers sing about drugs, country singers sing about drinking beer. Some believe country singers are only white; in contrast there are some Black Country singers. Rap music was first started in New York City. Rap music consists of rhyming and relies on technological tricks to sound good. Most rap singers sing about......

Words: 634 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

How Changes in Kazkhstani Society Are Reflected in Music

...ID: 20090932 Course: Introduction to Music Instructor: Shirin Mussayeva Date: July 4 How changes in Kazakhstani society are reflected in music? Music is a mirror of the society. As society changes so does its music. 20 years have passed as Kazakhstan became an independent country. Changed not only the country but its people who became more patriotic, confident and modern. They started talking about those things that had not talked for years, they started singing about those problems they have and things they desire. This was reflected in our music, which is changing year by year. I want to talk about our contemporary music, positive and negative issues, how changes and development of our country and its society influenced music. I do not think that Kazakhstani modern music is at the peak of popularity. However, more artists appeared on the scene, more songs appeared on the television and the radio, and we start listening to it. If earlier we tried to imitate western performers, now we have own opinion, dreams and desires. Our songs have become more special and individual. The reason of this is development of our country. We start living better; we have more opportunities and perceptions. People feel it and try to reflect their sense of patriotism and gratitude in their songs. One of the famous patriotic songs which I like is “Moi Kazakhstan” in which Kazakhstani pop stars like A-Studio, Ivan Breusov, Makpal Isabekova start singing with words: “Здравствуй......

Words: 1241 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Rap vs. Country Music

...Country vs. Rap music “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.” Said by the famous Billy Joel. No matter what music you enjoy it also does not make a difference. There are many different genres, but two that seem to be the complete opposite are country and rap. Yes, country and rap are on two completely different ends of the spectrum lyrics and message wise, but they both do a great job at portraying a story or getting you excited about something. If music can do one thing best it is that it can tell a story. Musicians and writers spend tons of time on the songs that they produce and some have so much feeling into it that people can really relate. Whether it is rap or country they both can make a story out of their lyrics. Now just because I say they make a story doesn’t mean it is some fairytale story where everyone lives happily ever after. I have heard my fair share of country and rap music and both can have some songs that can make someone want to weep. Those are the type of stories people can relate to. When just a song that you heard on the radio can make you sad or make you happy you know it’s a good song. That’s what these two type of genres have in common. Both kinds poor their hearts into their music and can make you feel emotions that you don’t even feel in your every day life. Now that’s something to sing about! In......

Words: 802 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Music

...Christian vs. Muslim Music For the preservation of cultural identity, musical performance can act as a definition. Central Asia consist of many countries with diverse identities such as Mongolia and Northwest Muslim China, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The Caucasus are often group with Central Asia but contain its own divergent nations focusing on Armenia and Georgia. Central Asia are cultures of Muslim beliefs. Armenia and Georgia are cultures of the Christian beliefs. As with numerous religions studied all around the world, Muslim and Christian faith are beheld as influential, life changing lifestyle in a spiritual aspect, and musically. Although, these two religions contrast, they also consume their resemblances in Central Asia and Armenia and Georgia. In the many countries of Central Asia and Muslim beliefs, there are music that identifies their culture. There is mountain music derived from Kyrgyzstan that consists of Kyrgyz traditional instruments. Two other Muslim countries in Central America such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan strongly practice its music. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan practices music called “The Shashmaqam” or “six maqam”. Shashmaqam is a genre of music that consist of instrumental pieces, songs, poetry, and dance. Shashmaqam also have performers stylize the poetic texts that drawn from Sufi symbolic texts from classical Islamic poets, into rhythms that are short...

Words: 655 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Music of My Life

...Music of my Life! Sheri Webb HU300-15 Music of my Life! My life has been interesting, many good memories associated with music and how it impacted my life. The interesting thing about mine is I can associate music with each good memory in my life. From early childhood to current time I have memories of music that defines the memories of my life. I will explain each era of my life, the music I listened to and how that music impacted it. My childhood memories of music is of sitting on Sunday listening to vinyl records with my dad after church. It was a very special memory of mine because I was really close to my dad. The type of music we listened to was classic Country and Western. We would listen to artists such as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Willie Nelson. In the textbook it states,” Country and western music has carried on the narrative tradition of folk music, adding its own unique tales to the repertoire.” (Janaro & Altshuler 2012, page 173) I can remember listening to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn singing the song, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man. These songs I listened to with my dad made me happy and I was glad that I could share this time with my dad. My adolescence was an interesting time because I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. I grew up listening to soft rock, disco, rock n roll, hair metal and country music. I listened to many artists such as, Air Supply, KC and the Sunshine......

Words: 885 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Protest Music In The Apartheid Era

...Protest music is a topic which I feel is extremely relevant to me as a young South African who didn’t experience the Apartheid regime. Protest music is one of the main contributors to the ending of apartheid. Resistance music is a topic I have largely researched and can now say that I have an understanding of what its impact was on the apartheid period. The apartheid era had non-white communities isolated and sidelined which lead to the outburst of protest music which evoked emotions such as anger and frustration in many black communities hence my argument argues that protest music truly did have an effect of the apartheid era. Protest music was what brought awareness to people who didn’t have understanding of what was happening in the apartheid...

Words: 1005 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

The Decline Use of the Music Compact Disk

...The Decline Use of the Music Compact Disk Student Name University Marketing (Assignment-2) Name, Professor February 23, 2013 The Decline Use of the Music Compact Disk The media known as a compact disk (CD) in particular music CDs are on the way out as did the VHS tapes and the VCR. The causes of music albums diminishing usage is a result of advancing technologies, World Wide Web, production and distribution efficiency. Music downloads on the Internet created easier access, potential to reach larger audiences and the explosion in the new age devices that supported Internet based products (i.e., IPods, MP3s, and Phones with music output capabilities). Where the Compact Disk (CD) first got its start. James Russell invented the compact disk in 1965. He was granted a total of 22 patents for various elements of his CD system. However, the CD did not become popular until it was mass manufactured by Philips in 1980. The CD has been available on the market since October 1982, and remained the standard physical medium for sale of commercial audio recordings until it was passed in 2011. The CD and its subsequent variants have been extremely successful and by 2007 worldwide sales had exceeded 200 billion units. LeCount, G. (March 9, 2009). Citing Websites. In History of the Compact Disk. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.discmakers.co.uk/history-of-the-compact-disc However, the numbers are dwindling of who buys CD albums anymore. It's all about...

Words: 1731 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

European Music History

...flamenco had just a singer. It had a strained type of timbre and melisma was used a lot. It shows that there was Arabic influence because they also had that type of style. And because they also used a guitar as accompaniment, it showed there was European influence because they liked harmony. Bulgarian music also had harmonies but with voices. This was a European characteristic. Their music is very colorful and lively and I think that was Arabic influence. 2. What defines a music as "classical" as opposed to "folk" in the European context? How has "classical" music influenced "folk" music style and performance and vice versa? In the European context, classical music is the highest class of music. Folk is a position relative to classical music. Folk music was meant for the common people. It was the opposite of classical music. Folk played classical music and folk music started to interest higher class people. They wanted to become part of a tradition. Classical music started using some folk themes. 3. Drone is especially prominent in many European music traditions. What are some specific manifestations and how does drone relate to the overall sound? Drone is used in many countries in Europe. For example: Scotland, Ireland, and Hungary. In Scotland and Ireland they use bagpipes and had a constant drone to accompany the melodies. In Hungary, the hurdy gurdy also has drones. It makes it sound like there is more than one person playing. There is more going on so it......

Words: 595 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Music in My Life

...release date of August 24th, 2004. In this album were a few other artists that joined him such as Jon Paris (harmonica), Benny Harrison (hammond b-3 organ), Eric Czar (Bass guitar), and Kenny Kramme (drums, percussions). Joe was raised in New York where his parents owned a guitar shop. He comes from a family of music. Both his father and grandfather played the trumpet. He learned how to play the guitar at the very young age of 4. Some of the artists who inspired him were Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray. I am drawn to this artist for his style of blues and rock. His music makes me feel mellow and calm. Makes me want to be at a bar drinking a beer, smoking a cigarette and listen to him play live. The culture/environmental music that I can identify in this music are the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Joe’s music is mostly guitar and drums. My Overall impression of the album is excellent. I only disliked 2 songs from the entire album. My favorite song from the album was song title “Reconsider baby” and my second was “When she dances”. Both are slower and mellow. The songs are very calming and easy to listen too. My least favorite song was “Faux Martini”. This song was my least favorite because it sounds too much like country and I’m not a country fan. Sounds very honky tonk and that’s not my style at all. One of the musical characteristics I found is his music was texture. His music is very thick and full. It’s a part of western music and that is what Joe sings. I can......

Words: 794 - Pages: 4