I never thought I’d be a fan of country music, or of the mushy country music romance embedded in its lyrics. Although I watched Gene Autry and Roy Rogers as a kid and loved the music, the twangy sound of most country music was something I simply couldn’t get past. I sensed there was something I was missing, but it took me a long time to find it.
I’m grateful country music has evolved beyond the twang. I love the lyrics, and the stories they tell of really human beings. I may not always like the messenger (I’m really conflicted about my enjoyment of Toby Keith’s music and his politics), but I do like the songs and lustfully sing along.
Many writers develop play lists while they write their stories. Is the process for developing a song much different from a book? All the elements are woven together — words, story, mood. They are intertwined.
The idea was brought out beautifully by a program brought together by Kari Lynn Dell, a wonderful romance writer, rancher, and rodeo rider from Montana. She invited Jared Rogerson to sing and play for us as we discussed the parallels between writing a romance and a song. If you get a chance to see this young man perform in Wyoming or Montana, take the opportunity to experience a little taste of the west.
What country music songs are your favorites and why?
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