I was going to give you guys another letter, but instead I’m going to give you some excerpts from the magical little country playlist that Rose and I danced to while we were baking cookies when she visited.
- “Remember When” – Alan Jackson It was nominated in my LIBRARIES: A post, and deserves another mention. This song is beautiful, soft, and… beautiful. Again. Rose loves it, which I secretly love – it’s my favorite country song ever, so it means a lot to me that she enjoyed it so much.
- “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson ft. Jimmy Buffett A great rant against the length of the workday, again with the smooth and exceptional vocals of Alan Jackson.
- “Done.” – The Band Perry The Band Perry has a lot of great songs – “Better Dig Two,” “Chainsaw,” “Pioneer,” “Forever Mine Nevermind,” “I’m a Keeper,” and “Peaches and Caroline” deserve honorable mention – but this one is the greatest. It’s kickass and features incredible vocals backed up with great guitar and bass parts.
- “Love is a Sweet Thing” – Faith Hill Cool-sounding and strong vocals. Great song overall! Slow, good beat, creative instrumentals. I really like this one.
- “I’ve Convinced Everybody But Me” – George Strait Like many Strait songs, light and quick. Storytelling lyrics and a soft, easy-listening sound. Other great Strait songs on this playlist include “Her Only Bad Habit Is Me” and “You Know Me Better Than That.”
- “Redneck Woman” – Gretchen Wilson I think I nominated this in LIBRARIES: G, but it deserves another mention. Gretchen Wilson has a great, strong voice and made a lot of entertaining songs for Here for the Party, which is a very solid album. Go check it out.
- “She’s Country” – Jason Aldean Jason Aldean is an incredibly versatile country star. His music covers a wide range of sounds within the genre, from soft and sentimental to hard and rocking, as this song is. He’s got a terrific voice and this song is very driving. Worth several listens.
- “Harper Valley P.T.A.” – Jeannie C. Riley Riley’s story is pretty awesome – she worked as a secretary for Passkey Music before one of her demos – this song – got picked up and suddenly became a huge hit. She went on to make 23 albums from 1968 to 2000 – 23 of her singles charted in the U.S., and 6 were in the top 10. (By contrast, Katy Perry has released 21 singles in total.)
- “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – Kenny Chesney Just a great, fun song. Classic country singer style.
- “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum I was never a big Lady Antebellum fan, but this song is pretty good. Nice vocals and cool instrumentals combine to create a good track. Nice harmonies, too!
- “This Is Us” – Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris This duet is unreal. The track is dominated by a back-and-forth between vocal parts and harmonies when they overlap. Actually, this song is completely brilliant and you should go listen to it right now. And yes, that’s Emmylou Harris, and Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. And yes, they’re both awesome.
- “Sweet Dreams (Of You)” – Patsy Cline Lovely, slow, soft.
- “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts This is a classic, and makes great driving music.
- “Goodnight Rose” – Ryan Adams …Okay, I only chose this one for the title, but it’s not a bad song.
- “Better Than Revenge” – Taylor Swift Honorable mention to “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” “Stay Stay Stay,” “22,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” but this will always be my favorite Taylor Swift song. Thanks, Lexi.
- “Indian Outlaw” – Tim McGraw What I like about this song is that it is politically correct. And it is not racist. And none of that is true.
- “Beer For My Horses” – Toby Keith Anyone who says “Red Solo Cup” is better is wrong. Don’t get me wrong – I love that song. But you’re wrong. “Beer For My Horses” is better. It is the greatest thing Toby Keith has ever made.
By the way, if your girlfriend will dance with you to this while you bake cookies in your dorm room in the least orderly baking method possible, she’s a keeper, and you should never ever ever let her go.
As always, thanks for reading!