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How Country Music Made Me More Open-Minded

July 19, 2017

So, country music.

Honest, bare, relaxing, and uncomplicated, are how I would describe country music.

But that definitely wasn’t how I would have described it two months ago (and seriously, 15-year-old metal-head Chloe is staring me down right now)

Learning extensively and deeply about country music taught me that we are only unfavorable about something, or against something, because we don’t know enough about it. Ignorance discredits us greatly; I feel as though if you’re going to announce that you dislike something, you’re going to need at least a detailed reason why. That’s what I realized, looking back, about a lot of things that I had previously shunned out of my life. Open-mindedness is a humbling trait. It is essentially an admission to ourselves that we aren’t all-knowing and aren’t perpetually correct about everything. We are consequently able to consistently seek out knowledge and the possibility of change for the better.

Appreciate the criticisms of anything just as much as the encouragement. Take life as one big shade of grey, or 50, it doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re in understanding that your perspective isn’t the end all be all of perspectives. Courageously embrace the vulnerability you will have in certain situations, about certain topicsย (I’m still learning about what the hell stocks really are), and against the wisdom of certain characters. What you choose to do with this new found vulnerability holds truth to the level of self-awareness and growth you’re currently at – are you willing to lay it out on a table and admit total naivety, or do you feel the need to save face and wrap your ego in a little blanket?

You don’t have to enjoy country music to be open-minded, you just have to know it’s not all tractors and barefoot farmers drinking beer.



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  1. This is very interesting. I have always been “against” country music until recently but you completely right. It is about letting ego aside and appreciating it. It seems to be mostly that when people say they dislike it so much.

  2. I absolutely love country music. It’s completely misunderstood in my opinion, some of the most honest feel good moments are captured in the lyrics: family, love, religion, summer days, and dancing just to name a few. It’s typically much more uplifting and positive than most pop music today (although I like pop too ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish more people were open minded to trying new things- it’s a great mindset to be in.

    1. “Honest, feel-good moments”! That’s exactly how I’d describe what the lyrics are about too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It’s good you are broadening your musical tastes and trying out new things! While I’m not the biggest fan of country music, I tend to just leave the radio on in the car and whatever it plays I’ll listen too – you get a little bit of a mix that way, although it is mostly pop music!

    1. Yeah! Growing up I’ve always had a very eclectic taste in music (post-rock, alt. rock, weird industrial stuff and jazz), so I’m surprised I was so resistant to country!

  4. i absolutely LOVE country music – i love the realness and the honest words that come from country songs. But I would say that lots of music genres offer this, I just have a passion for good music, regardless of the genre!

    1. I completely agree! I feel as though all genres offer honestly and realness in one way or another ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is a good outlook. I hated country music growing up because that’s all my dad listened too and it was “annoying” to me as a teenager. But now, I’ve found an appreciation for country music as an adult. Yes, some of it is not my style, but it is really raw and honest.

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