Country Girl at Heart


Every morning, once all of the kiddies have been shuffled off to school, I pop a CD into my DVD player and begin my housework.  
Cleaning without music just isn't any fun. 

One day I'll listen to my beloved Glee music.  The next day I might choose some Michael Buble or Frank Sinatra.  Whenever I listen to those two, I feel like I should be dressed like a Stepford wife, wearing pearls and high heels, with a broom in one hand and a martini in the other.

Some days it's 80's hair metal, Prince or my newest favorite, Lady Antebellum.  Other days it's The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.  With a little Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kenny Rogers and Jose Alfredo Jimenez, sprinkled here and there for good measure.

My taste in music is eclectic, to say the least.

I blame it on my upbringing.

My mom worked as a bartender for most of my childhood and often took me to work with her.  Every place she worked at had a jukebox.  I loved listening to the sound the quarters made as I popped them into the machine, the records falling into place and the sound of the needle scratching against the vinyl.  (Yes, I am THAT old!) 

Some places played nothing but Rock n' Roll.  Other places played Top 40 hits or Country & Western.  I remember one bar in Amarillo, had a DJ booth in the middle of the dance floor.  I spent hours in there after school, listening to Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Crystal Gayle, Marie Osmond, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Mickey Gilley...the list goes on and on.

At 8 years old, I was too young to understand what they were all singing about, but I loved how they sounded.  The twang of their voices, the steel guitar and the fiddle.  It was love at first listen.

Almost 30 years later, I still love Country Music.  If I had to choose one type of music to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be country music.

Sure, there is a whole new crop of country artists that I love listening to, but my favorites will always be the "classics" I listened to as a kid.

What about you...what kind of music do you listen to?  

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15 comments

  1. you have great taste in music my dear! i like all those you mentioned, but i LOVE country music! started listening to it when i lived in denver and got into country swing dancing. got away from it after my 2 years there but my older son really developed a taste for it (the younger one hates it). so, when he went to iraq, i started listening to country music again, it somehow made me feel closer to him. in truth, that's all i listen to on the radio in my van. do you like andrea bocelli, josh groban or susan boyle? they are amongst my very favorites, and of course i love latin music.

    take care!

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  2. I'm pure country to the bone. I love the old classics that you mentioned, the best. But I also enjoy old time rock and roll...Beach Boys, Fats Domino and the like. As Bob Segar says, Today's music ain't got the same soul.

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  3. Me and the MexcianMarch 16, 2011 at 4:39 AM

    Great taste! I like country but LOVE the classics! It all depends on my mood. I can go the latin route (bachata y cumbia ...my favs) or R&B (bruno mars and more) or country classics (ronny milsap, alabama,) Pop (mike posner, gaga, etc) Give it ALL to me! LOL I love music!

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  4. My taste tends to change every week. This week I am listening to a lot of Chavela -- and even more Arturo Márquez. In fact, I should have a post on Márquez later this week.

    By the way, I seem to remember your photograph in a gas station in Poweres in the late 50s. ;}

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  5. A little Country - that's cool.

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  6. I am totally a country girl. I went through a rap.R n B phaze as well as a punk rock phase, but i came back to country and i love it. I still listen to my favorite country station from back home, since they stream live on the web.

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  7. When I was a kid, I was constantly listening to Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks, the Beatles and Linda Ronstadt.

    Today, I'm more into Glee hahahaha and I still get excited whenever I hear a Beach Boys song.

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  8. I would have to say Im pretty eclectic to. My dad and brother like soft rock, punk rock all rock pretty much. My mother likes blues, country, pop. My granparents love spanish music. So I grew up with all different kinds also and learned to love them all. My car has a 6 disc holder and every spot has a different genre depending on how I feel.

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  9. I love that you get your groove on while doing housework! I'm not a huge music buff, but I usually listen to folk, R&B or alternative.

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  10. Funny thing? I actually listen to almost every artist you mentioned!! I really love all kinds of music as well :)

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  11. I LOVE old school country. I'd add Keith Whitley, Randy Travis, the Judds, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Alabama and Anne Murray to your already fabulous list. :-)

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  12. We actually had a jukebox in our house that my dad bought out of a bar and brought home..and yes, I listen to my ipod while I clean house..makes the work easier..love all music, even classical..best for driving in traffic..so relaxing

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  13. Yup, grew up listening to all of those as well! Mia and I turn on the radio and turn it up loud when we have to clean the house too, she seems to like helping me better when she's got her groove on. I remember my mother's record collection, it filled up several milkcrates and the stereo hung from a macrame shelf, remember them? I like 3 Door Night (Iraq phase), Sheryl Crowe, Uncle Kracker (some, not all), 3 Dog Night, Bob Marley, Wisin y Yandel and Fulanito, Mana, Raffi, Helen Reddy, Carole King, Kate Wolf, CCR, etc. My favorite country artists are Terri Clark, Alan Jackson, Chris Cagle, Wade Hayes, Reba, SheDaisy, and so many more. I didn't actually like country until May 1993 when my sister came over and left my radio on a country station and I heard the song "Papa's come around to Mama's way of thinkin' and that was it for me, lol.

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  14. Lol! You're dating yourself in this one! Your taste in music sound awful close to my hubby's...and yes, he also considers himself "a country boy at heart". :)

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  15. Here is the beginning of one of my playlists- Los Askis, Reba, Billie Holiday, Christina Aguilera, Harry Belafonte, Alicia Keys, Los Bukis, Air Supply, Tracey Chapman, Juanes, Garth Brooks, 5th Dimension, Patsy Cline, Don Omar...

    I love the music to clean by too,otherwise I am just too huevona to do much. Love classical too, but usually not in the cleaning mix, that is the chill mix. jejeje

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