How to Enjoy Country: A B.S. Study

phoenixcountrymusicAlmost every type of music has a fan base full of people with similar ways of thinking, dressing, etc. Classic rock has the over-thirty crowd, electronic has the raves, and indie is full of hipsters. Some genres dip into others, making them enjoyable by many different kinds of people, like rock ‘n’ roll or hip-hop. One genre that seems to have only one group of fans is country. I want to change that though, so I’ve gone and crunched the numbers to determine what a person has to do to start enjoying country like the rest of us country fans.

First, get out of the city, buy a truck, and just start driving. The effectiveness of country songs is almost doubled when they are listened to on the road. Some of the best country songs give driving a deeper meaning than just getting you from place to place. Driving around gives everyone an opportunity to experience the world and what’s in it. Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road” is a great example of a song that gets you into the road trip mentality.

After taking a nice drive out into the country (no pun intended) go find a fun place to hangout with friends. 78 percent of people would say that few songs are as fun to listen to as country songs. Sure, there are some pretty fun and exciting pop songs, but no group of guys is going to pop in the newest Taylor Swift album at the beach. Country songs rarely have an extremely fast tempo. They like to hang around a more moderate-to-quick level. Country artists know their listeners are out looking to have a good time, so their songs are just fast enough to keep the good times running, but not so quick that you feel like your heart is about to pop out of your chest (I’m looking at you, DragonForce). Craig Morgan’s “Redneck Yacht Club” is a perfect example of some good upbeat country.

The final bit to help anyone enjoy the sweet sweet melodies that come out of the South, is to learn to love the accent. seven out of nine (or so) northerners agree that a country accent sounds ridiculous and that it takes away from the song. Truth be told, it adds more to a song than almost any other accent. The Southern accent adds flavor. The singers use it to add emphasis to their relaxed nature, and makes the song vocally unique to any song that comes from other parts of the United States. Singers such as Hank Williams Jr. or Johnny Cash are both great examples of the Southern accent in action.

Those are just a few scientifically proven steps that’ll help anyone enjoy country music.

Written by Jacob Conflitti.

About the author

A soon to be UofM grad hoping to break into the world of writing, although his poor grasp of grammar does not help.