Country music is becoming quite popular in the United States and has been steadily growing in popularity for the last century. According to the 2012 annual music study of the NPD group; country was the top rated music genre in America for the year of 2012.
Why is country music becoming so popular? Many people admire country music because they find it so easy to relate to! Many of our personal experiences relate to these emotions portrayed through country songs; whether it has to do with our joyful memories, our hardships or our patriotism. Country has it all.
The artist, Lee Greenwood has a song titled ‘God bless the U.S.A.’ The lyrics recite “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free; and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me”. Many of us Americans love that line of the song because we are proud to be a part of this country; a part of America. We are also very grateful for the men who came before us who fought for our freedom. We can claim the beliefs described in this song as our own, which is why we appreciate this song.
Do you remember all the new mixed emotions that you experienced with your first love? Do you remember the passion, the desire, the intimacy? How does it feel to fall in love? The country singer, Kip Moore sings a song named ‘Drive me crazy’ where these recollections are expressed. The details in the song of course are not the same as ours because we all have a different story to tell; but the story line in the song is similar to the story line of our experience. This causes us to flashback to our first love and all the adventures that came with that piece of our life. The bridge of the song reveals why the relationship had to end and this reminds us of how and why our relationship had to end with our first love.
Maybe you are still with your first love, happily married and growing old together? There is a country song to represent the story and feelings to that as well. Alan Jackson’s country song ‘Remember when’ is an outline to that experience. “I was young and so were you…you were the first, so was I…We vowed the vows and walked the walk, gave our hearts”. These lyrics show the progression of a relationship growing and moving through the steps of life. Later in the song, the lyrics read “We came together, fell apart…remember when the sound of little feet was the music we danced to week to week”. Can you recall the gratitude you felt after having your first baby with your spouse? Many married couples can relate to the emotions presented in this piece of country music.
And on the flip side of the great memories of life; there are also many country songs we can relate to because they capture the emotion of heartache. Have you ever lost someone? Did somebody break your heart? We are all so passionate about the relationships and the people that we hold close to our hearts. We have our family, our friends and our significant other; and losing any of these associations causes great pain in our hearts. Many country songs show that grief so perfectly and it makes so much sense to us because we have been involved in life where we feel the same way. The song ‘What hurts the most’ sung by Rascal Flatts illustrates this sorrowful feeling that most of us have been through before.
Country music is becoming more and more accepted throughout the United States. We can only assume why and I have come to conclude that it is because we can all relate to the emotion expressed in the country music. It voices feelings that most of us have dealt with before in our lives which gives us a little bit of emotional attachment.