Friday, April 27, 2012

What a Beautiful Mess!

Yes, I got myself in a beautiful mess...First of all, some people think I'm going to have a baby (sorry!), because I announced a {very special arrival}. Well, I probably will someday (have a baby, that is, although we're still waiting on that, we may still adopt, who knows yet?). But anyway, I got myself into a beautiful mess about seven years ago when I let two of my friends/former college roommates Rachel and Karen brainwash me into liking country music. I guess these things can happen when you have to depend on your beloved roommates for rides to the grocery store and nearest mall, and the only stations they listen to are country music stations.

For years, I denied any interest in country music, rolling my eyes at lyrics about crying cowboys and vengeful broads. After a while, I started to catch myself humming country tunes to myself and feeling a thrill when I heard the opening riff of a certain country song on the radio. Still, I kept any desire to listen to country music locked away inside, as if it were a weakness that would destroy the person I'd worked so hard to become (don't ask me what
that was). Sometimes, I would "accidentally" let my radio tuner stop on a country station, but only when I was alone. I began to justify my love for certain country songs, and country music became my secret guilty pleasure. I envied friends who went to country music concerts, thinking that if I ever bought tickets to see Tim McGraw, my secret would surely be out.  

Slowly, I began to resent hiding behind Journey albums and Top 40 stations, pretending I had cool, sophisticated musical tastes (Note, I still love Journey, and Top 40 stations lost all sophistication about five years ago, around the time Justin Beiber hit the scene...No wonder country music's been gaining so much wide-spread popularity since then...Seriously). I also realized that I know plenty of really cool people who like country music, like my best friends Rachel and Karen, my super-cool-and-always-so-popular cousins Emily and Sarah, one of my "cool mom" role models and friend Leslie, and even my coolest-of-all-cool husband Ben.

So, I decided to come out of the country music closet. I started listening to country music openly in front of my family (luckily, they haven't disowned me yet). And now I listen to it in the car, at work, and at home where the neighbors may spot me dancing bare foot in kitchen like a country fool, but I don't care. I even {quoted a favorite country song} on one of my posts. 

And I just bought tickets to my very first country music concert...Diamond Rio! They're performing at a local venue, so it was the perfect opportunity, and Ben was very enthusiastic about going...So, we're going, with my super-cool-and-always-so-popular cousin Emily! You might know Diamond Rio from one of their big hits, "Beautiful Mess." Have a listen below. If you think you don't like country music, give these songs a chance...You might like being brainwashed!
P.S. I'd give these songs an "A" on lyrics, but a "C" on music videos (just be warned)...If you don't watch the videos, at least listen through the first chorus...And sorry for annoying YouTube commercials.

"Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio

"When the Stars Go Blue" by Tim McGraw 

"Lost in This Moment" by Big & Rich

"My Baby Loves Me" by Martina McBride

"She's My Kind of Rain" by Tim McGraw

"My Maria" by Brooks & Dunn

"Should've Been a Cowboy" by Toby Keith
(You may wanna be a cowboy when you see this mullet...)

"Guy on a Buffalo" by Guy on a Guitar
(Ok, it's not really a country song...You gotta see it anyway!)


  1. lol....I was in denial about liking country music for a long time as well, but I married some one who's both a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, so it had to rub off on me.

  2. Yay! Welcome out of the closet!! That concert sounds SO fun!

  3. You're from Georgia - I think that gives you a free pass on liking country music. :) I am a country lover too. That Martina McBride song was one of my first favorite songs.

  4. Love this post, love this music, and love you! AND I saw Diamond Rio live in Vale, OR in 2010!! I'm excited you get to go too! They have a lot of good hits. Two of my faves:
    Meet in the Middle

    Like you said it's better if you just listen to the music and not watch the videos. Have fun at the concert!

  5. Oh, and I think you forgot Rascal Flats and Keith Urban in your post. :)

    P.S. Buffulo man is very worthy of this list. Guy on a BUFF-UHH-LOW-OH!