I grew up all over Utah--but it wasn't until I was 13 that I heard the twangy twang of country music. I had no idea who Garth Brooks was or why men wore tourniquet-like-pants around their nether regions. The Valley of the Bear River had a slew of cultural gifts that I had not expected to receive.
I remember telling my friend Ronda that I just did NOT like country music. I lamented and lambasted it. She told me that someday I would sing country. Her words haunted me.
Over the years, I have become incredibly fond of country music and blue grass in particular. In memory of that conversation, I am going to sing a country song first sung by a Canadian Indie Country music star--Neko Case.
This is the song.
I have loved the show
Why? Because of music like this:
The song is sung by two unknown artists, Scarlett and Gunnar. In real life--it was written by two unknown songwriters in Nashville--Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman.
I think the thing I like most about the show Nashville is that you see the artistry of each musician--whether they're working as a bartender or doing a world tour. At the end of the day, it's about the music. And it demonstrates that exposure isn't always the most important element of a career making music.
I am grateful for a life filled with opportunities to make music. I am especially grateful for the chance to sing good country music.
You were right Ronda!
For more information on Nashville and the songwriters, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/05/14/183643357/when-the-right-one-comes-along-how-nashville-tells-stories-in-song
Here's a video of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman singing.