Until the age of 12, I had no idea that music genres other than country even existed. I remember the first time rap was played on the radio. “What is that?” It was different than anything I had ever heard and the lyrics didn’t make much sense to me, but I loved the sound.
Then, my step-brother got into heavy metal. Metallica soon became one of my favorites. The others in the genre were a bit too over the top for me. I never, and still don’t, understand why people want to sound so angry when they ‘sing’.
After hearing a variety of genres, my favorite was still country. Many people say that the lyrics are mostly sad or ridiculous (She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy), and they’d be right. Many country songs are like that.
But there are two, that really stick out to me. The first one is “Grandpa” by the Judds. Ever since I was a child, this has been a favorite for my mother and I. On every road trip we go on, we sing it together. We add in our own country accents and accentuate the word ‘grandpa’ in a way that always makes us laugh. It’s one of those things, where ‘you’d have to be there’. For us though, that song always provides a fun time of laughter and memories.
Grandpa – The Judds
The other is “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. This song instantly brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. It reminds me of many things. People in my past, people in my mother’s past, lost love and my mother. It has a very deep meaning to both of us. Some reasons are the same and some are very different. This is a song that is certain to go with me always, until my last breath.
The Dance – Garth Brooks
Coming up with a third song is very difficult. There are so many to choose from.
So, I will pick the song that is playing now. The problem is, is that I don’t know what song it is. Why then, is it one of the “most important songs in my life”? Simple. It’s very important right now because it’s playing in my neighbor’s house and they’ve decided to crank the bass up. It’s rattling my brain! What’s worse, is that we don’t even share walls. They live across the sidewalk from me. Do they need that much bass?
Rattling My Brain – My Neighbors (video unavailable)
Thanks to my considerate neighbors, my work will have to wait until I can concentrate. After two hours of enduring this nerve-wracking drumming that’s making its way through my home, I have to get out here.
With that said, enjoy the videos if you’d like. Meanwhile, I’ll be gone running errands, bike riding, doing something, anything that’s away from here.
This post is for assignment #3 of Writing 101 hosted by The Daily Post.
Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?
I have never gotten into C&W. Sorry. One of the most traumatic life experiences I had was when my favorite AM station (in the days before FM began to dominate) back in high school changed formats from Top-40 to C&W. I was devastated. Maybe that’s why I can’t get into C&W. I was too traumatized in my youth.
If only they knew how much they traumatized you. 🙂 Country is certainly not for everyone. I grew up with it, so most of my memories involve country songs. I suppose that’s why I like it so much.
I grew up with it and it’s still one of my top picks, next to Texas Country. Which yes, is different from reg country. Lol.
That’s My Job by Conway Twitty.
That is true. Texas country is different and old fashioned (80’s, 90’s) is the best, in my opinion. I love Conway Twitty! Now that’s country! Thank you for sharing that.
I’m from Texas and these are right up my Country alley!!
Go Texans! 🙂 I’m glad you liked them.
I also love gospel. I’m Gonna Make It by Sisters Awesome!
I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks.
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My dad had an 8-track of trucker music, and I liked that. But… no, country isn’t for me. Metallica? Hell yeah! But I’ve known then since their first album. Yep, old!
I really liked reading the “assignment” but the blog itself was really cool how you added the videos to enforce the writing.
Asking for just 3 songs is difficult, but it is also cool to see how people perceive songs that I really enjoy as well…great job, thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your comment! You’re right about the songs and how people perceive them differently. It’s interesting how songs have different meanings for each person and different memories that they stir up.