Sunday, February 6, 2011
A Passion for Great Country Music
Let's break down these assumptions. First of all, is there any sound basis for asserting that music critics never have any musical talent of their own? That may be what some of us would like to believe when we come across a scathing review that we strongly disagree with. But let's be humble about this - We really don't know, do we? Some critics are very talented musicians, and it's not a given fact that every person on earth with the slightest shred of musical talent is going to pursue fame and fortune as a country star. Bear in mind also that good writing is a talent in itself. Perhaps the said critic has found that his true calling is to be a writer rather than a professional musician. At any rate, there is little basis for assuming that the critic does what he does solely because he is not the one making the hit records.
Consider another typical comment-thread complaint:
"You know my daddy always said if you have nothing good to say about something then keep your opinion to yourself. As in things you may dislike someone else dearly loves."
As an avid country music blogger, I can say that it always makes me happy when I see comments like these:
"Thanks for the review, was trying to decide whether or not to buy it. I think I've decided, upon reading this, that I will."
The 1-to-10 Archive
- Kenny Chesney, "Live a Little"
- Amber Hayes, "Wait"
- Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow, "Me & Tennessee"
- David Nail, "Let It Rain"
- Bridgette Tatum, "Hillbilly Rockstar"
- Keith Urban, "Without You"
- DJ Miller, "Whatever It Takes"
- Album Review: Thompson Square
- Thanks, Brad - My Country, 'Tis of Thee
- Ronnie Dunn, "Bleed Red"
- From the Indie Files: Pariah Beat - Bury Me Not
- A Passion for Great Country Music
- Interview with Steve Rice of No Justice
- Music Video Round-Up - February 2011
- Star De Azlan, "A Man Who Can Dance"
- Album Review: The JaneDear Girls
- Gretchen Wilson, "I'd Love to Be Your Last"
- ▼ February (17)