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Noise (Blogging From A to Z Challenge)

April 16, 2015

Day 14: “N”


I like Country music but most of what I hear on the two local ‘modern’ Country music stations is noise. I don’t mean to take anything away from the performers and the songwriters, but the music being played nowadays is so overproduced that it’s difficult for me to listen to it for long. The words, for the most part, are still there but the melodies are getting lost behind too much multitracking with too many loud guitars and pounding drums. The songs are too electric and too much like rock music. This isn’t a new phenomenon and Bob Dylan summed it up well a few years ago when he said that modern records are “atrocious” and “they have sound all over them.”

People ask me why I like Country or what Country music is. I’m sure there are music folks out there who can define Country music but I can’t. Its history is too long, its roots are too diverse and the styles are too broad and its offshoots too diverse. Check out the entry for “Country Music” on Wikipedia and you’ll see what I mean. All I know is that I like Country music. Of course I’ll keep listening but it’d sure be nice if one of the two local stations could mix in a song or two by George Strait, Alabama, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton every once in a while.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2015 8:02 am

    My wife and I spent a month in Port Aransas (near Corpus Chrisit) and fell in love with the local country music. Some of it is garbage but most of it is authentic country. They love to bash Nashville and promote TEXAS. You can stream a sample of it at 94.7, The Rig see


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      April 17, 2015 6:49 am

      Thanks for the link, Greg. I’ll give ’em a listen!


  2. April 17, 2015 7:48 am

    I have a slightly different problem. I’m a fan of what’s called “classic” rock (Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones), but my husband and daughters favor today’s pop. I’m outnumbered in the car and doomed to listen to their stuff. So not fair.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      April 19, 2015 4:26 am

      No, not fair at all! I’m not a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, but I’d support a rule that says at least one Led Zeppelin song should be played on every radio station in every city in every state at least once per hour! We need to figure out a way to get radio control in the car to you where it rightly belongs! 🙂


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