If I could only listen to one genre of music, I’d probably have to pick country, although I have to say this would be very difficult for me because I love music so much. I find music to be incredibly healing and nurturing. But if forced to pick one genre, I would pick country and here are my reasons.
First, country, especially the classic country, is real. It’s about real life issues which many of us can relate to. It doesn’t gloss over them and it it doesn’t sweep things under the rug. There’s never an elephant in the room with country music.
Next, there’s the pain factor. Country really allows people to express the pain they feel. Song writers and singers can share their hard life experiences and tell the stories which don’t get told anywhere else or by anyone else. The song “Backwards” by Rascal Flatts makes fun of that if you play a country song, you’d get your dog back, your house back etc. But the reality is that much of country music comes from a place of poverty and pain, where hope had to be gotten the hard way.
Which brings me to my next point. I’ve noticed that country music seems to have a greater representation of faith-based songs than other genres. Country and Gospel go hand in hand at this point. Country singers aren’t afraid to touch the darkness they feel but they also aren’t afraid to share the light their faith brings into their life.
Country also inspires a lot of social action. I am specifically thinking of Johnny Cash’s song “Man in Black”, and why he wore black. He did it without demeaning others and without put-downs.
Finally, there’s a lot of variety in this genre, from the classics, to Gospel, to the more contemporary, there’s something to fit most of my moods.