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    Something in his Whiskey

    interesting article about country music,


    Something in his whiskey | The Economist

    ON A recent night at the “Grand Ole Opry”, a live radio show that is a country-music institution, the songs’ themes were familiar and unabrasive: homesick wayfarers, smoochy asseverations of love and the virtues of the simple life, God and corn whiskey. Until the guitars began twanging for “Church Bells”, sung by Carrie Underwood (pictured), the genre’s reigning queen. The ballad tells of a backwoods beauty who marries up, but to a violent man. After a beating she finds herself “covered in make-up…sitting in the back pew /Praying with the baptist.”

    As Robert Oermann, an expert on country music, says, unlike the sanitisations of pop, “country songs reflect the culture from which they spring.” Parts of the South, country’s heartland, suffer badly from domestic violence. For example, proportionally more women are killed by men in South Carolina than in any other state. That blight has always featured in country lyrics—but traditionally from the perspective of male perpetrators, who are only sometimes punished or even regretful. In the 1920s tune “T for Texas”, Jimmie Rodgers sang of shooting “poor Thelma/ Just to see her jump and fall.” As late as 1994, in “Delia’s Gone”, Johnny Cash’s narrator “found [Delia] in her parlour…tied her to her chair,” and killed her.



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    click on the link to read the entire article.Worth reading

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    This article made me cry.
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    So sad
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    Thanks for posting!

    The Economist is our leading current affairs weekly, with a liberal and internationalist editorial leaning - it doesn't regularly cover music or entertainment topics as such, so its focus on this topic is significant, reaching a readership that may not be aware of the songs in detail.

    Although the storyline in "Church Bells" uses dramatic license to paint a desperate outcome that is rarely actually resorted to, several of the points in the lyric bring out details that are only too relatable in real life - the unequal power relationship implied by the characters' different backgrounds, the shattering of illusions in the darker side underlying the supposedly ideal life, the attempt to maintain outward normality (the sunglasses and public prayer of the middle verse cleverly mirrors the covering up of the drastic remedy that is hidden to the world in the final verse).

    It is details like those which are important in this sub-genre of songs. The quote from Judy Benitez of the National Network to End Domestic Violence is significant: "hearing someone on the radio singing about your experience, when you feel like no one else has gone through this or can understand, can be life-changing.”

    Yes, these songs do contain dramatic license and often an element of fantasy in the outcome - but they still show that victims don't have to take this behaviour as inevitable. In that sense the songs can still be empowering, and can still raise awareness. As the article says, the greater self assertion portrayed by the songs' heroines mirrors a greater awareness of this serious issue in society. "Fresh portrayals in country music and other art forms may have nudged as well as recorded evolving attitudes."
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    ^Thanks for commenting on this article, Faraway.

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    Here is a tweet from the website sent out this morning......


    The EconomistVerified account‏@EconCulture 2h2 hours ago Carrie Underwood is the apotheosis of country music's fightback against domestic violence

    Something in his whiskey | The Economist

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    I had to look up the definition of apotheosis! noun-the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god) and...
    model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow1 View Post
    I had to look up the definition of apotheosis! noun-the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god) and...
    model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
    Thanks, Rainbow! I also wasn't sure what apotheosis meant.....figured it was something good!
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    I think LTG was a good step for Carrie to in this type of song. It isn't about physical abuse specifically, but it addresses a very real, all too often occurrence of children being caught in the middle of their parents's fights. Obviously Martina covered the subjects well, too, with Concrete Angel, Broken Wing, and Independence Day. I'm happy to see Carrie carrying on the tradition of addressing these situations in country music and look forward to more of these kind of "story" songs from her in the future.
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