Friday, May 22, 2009

A Country Girl at Heart

For reasons quite unknown to me, I am increasingly interested/fascinated/drawn to country life. Not that I have ever even come close to experiencing it, nor do I think I would do very well with it seeing as I HATE bugs of all sorts and struggle with lack of convenience - but that does not stop me from fantasizing about spending my days amongst wheat fields, sheep and endless horizons. These thoughts pop into my head almost daily as they have for years and I think they have manifested themselves into my love of country music. That's right. Country music. I said it.

Members of my family, and the occasional friend (okay - let's be real - LOTS of my friends) have made fun of me for years for loving the sweet southern drawls and meticulous fiddle playing of many of my favorite country stars, but I don't let it bother me. I like what I like and that is the end of the story. As Popeye the Sailor man so eloquently sang, "I yam what I yam and I yam what I yam that I yam." Nicely put, Popeye!

Now, in my professional opinion...hehe...nothing pairs more perfectly with country music than sunshine. There is just something absolutely perfect about listening to country music while sitting in the hot sun and drinking a beer. Or a margarita. Or a mojito. Whatever. I was reminded of this on my drive to work today and it really pumped me up for the deliciously lovely Memorial Day weekend we are all about to experience here in the NW.

As soon as I left my house I could tell it would be a nice day. You know those mornings when you walk outside and that crisp edge that usually hits you in the face just isn't there and you know that if it is already that nice out at 7:45am, then it is going to be pretty super-duper as the day goes on? Well - this morning was like that. As soon as I got in my car I went to my favorite country station and turned it up. The only time I can get away with that is when I am alone in my car as it usually sparks complaints from most passengers (unless I am with my Stott cousins/uncle - they totally get it).! The traffic was light, the sun was shining and I felt so excited for summer and being in the water and BBQ's up at my Dad's cabin and being warm once again and, and, and - well - just EVERYTHING that summer brings us. Ahhh yes - country music - it just has that affect on me!

In the offshoot chance that I have inspired any of you to check out some country music, here is a list of some of my absolute favorite summer-time country songs:
  • Something Like That - Tim McGraw
  • Wide Open Spaces - The Dixie Chicks
  • Born to Fly - Sarah Evans
  • No One Else on Earth - Wynonna Judd
  • Prayin' For Daylight - Rascall Flats
  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Reba McEntire
  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  • Strawberry Wine - Deana Carter (this one takes me straight back to high school)
  • Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis
  • Red Neck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
  • Bye Bye - Jo Dee Messina
  • I Like It, I Love It - Tim McGraw
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
  • Girl's Night Out - The Judds
  • Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
  • Boondocks - Little Big Town
  • Save a Horse - Big n' Rich
  • Famous In a Small Town - Miranda Lambert
  • Fishin' In the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers
  • Red Neck Yacht Club - Craig Morgan
  • All Summer Long - Kid Rock
  • Whose Bed Have Your Boot Been Under - Shania Twain
  • Sin Wagon - Dixie Chicks
I could really go on and on - but the list above are just some of my favorites and are all perfect for a backyard BBQ or a pool party or whatever. Unless you hate country music - then ignore everything I just wrote. However, whatever you are doing this Memorial Day weekend, I hope that you have a great time and that you take a moment to thank all the men and women who have served this country. Have a good one!!!!

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