June 26th, 2008

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this earworm, I'm not so fond of this one.

"All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood has been running non-stop through my head today and it's driving me crazy! It was playing on Radio Disney last night, both on the way to rock climbing and the way back.

I'll save everyone a full repetition of the lyrics, but it's all the parts of county music I don't like: girls can only be "sweet, little, wonderful, beautiful" (why *not* play football with her and imagine her holding the trophy?); teenage love as the be all and end all (how long after 16 did they get married anyway); girls ruining boys dreams (he's dropping football passes).

I'm more of an old-time country fan, of performers like Patsy Cline, early Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and especially Hank Williams.

Hank Williams to me is the essence of the sad, reflective, yet honest and self-reliant aspect of country music. You listen to Hank Williams when you're down, and you think two things: "Hank, you got it right" and "Wow, that Hank Williams is way worse off than I am. Maybe things aren't so bad after all."

Tell us about it, Hank. Tell us about it.

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the best wedding singers ever

Mike and Andrew from Runaway Box comedy have a set of linked wedding song videos where they use various musical styles. It's very funny.

Start here and follow the annotations in the videos to check out different styles. Much fun. I particulary like "GOTH METAL" and "80s HIP HOP" and "PATRIOTIC COUNTRY".