There’s Music…and Then There’s Music

I was listening to one of my playlists tonight and heard a song I fell in love with when I was a kid.  I don’t even remember adding it, but I must have heard it on the radio at some point during the last three years, found it was available…and promptly forgotten  all about it (easy to do when you have eighteen playlists).

It kind of surprises me that I like it at all since my parents were into 100% country…and the twangier the better.  The only time I got to listen to ‘real’ music was when I was visiting cousins or friends.  At least until I got my own alarm clock radio for Christmas when I was a teenager.

It’s not that I hate country music because I don’t (depending on the twang factor anyway).  These days it’s hard to tell the difference between some of that and the good stuff…like REO Speedwagon and the BSB’s.

But not everything my parents listened to made me shudder.  And the song that sparked this post struck a powerful chord with me back then.  It still does today.

This isn’t a song I hear very often, but when I do I just close my eyes and listen to the words…because he tells an amazing story.  Kind of like a micro-mini audio book.

I realized as I listened tonight that I’ve always been drawn to music that tells what I consider real stories.  I shared one of those favorites with you in May – Kenny Rogers, ‘Twenty Years Ago.’

Another song that will grab and hold my attention…and never fail to leave me with tears streaming down my face…is Brad Paisley’s, ‘He Didn’t Have to Be.’

The second I heard this song, I was completely floored.  I knew I had to write a story about a dad like that.  And so Sam Jenson, one of the stars of A Hero For Holly, was born.  He’s based partly on the father in this video, and partly on my dad.  That makes him one of my most special characters.

But, before this turns into a tribute to fathers (mine in particular), I’ll get back to the point I intended to make when I began writing this post.

Music can be just background noise, depending on what sort you choose.  Some can make you smile…like this one (it made me smile the first time I heard it)…


But some music…some music…can touch you so deeply that it will stay with you forever.

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