Let's face it, this is a truth that is as far back as time.
One conversation that I have in my offices on a regualr occurance is the myth that country music is so much more wholesome than anything else out on the market...
...Well, with the obvious exclusions.
I will be the first to admit that the genre is usually the only genre that proudly promotes God and Country, there are even artists that release gospel albums, and things of that nature.
On the flip side of that country music will also gladly talk about all the sins that we commit before we go to church on Sunday.
A little known duo called The Warren Brothers, put out a single years ago "Sell A Lot of Beer" (these guys are best known for their writing chops)... I think they said it best:
I wake up every Sunday mornin',
so that I can go to church and pray.
But after some of my Saturday nights,
things sure don't turn out that way.
Those lyrics are the perfect embodiment of what country music is. I honestly don't think it could be put any better.
Here lately it seems like all bad behavior is on parade in country music. Its always been out there, but seems a little more forceful, and it seems the idea of falling in love is falling to the wayside.
With recent singles from Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down" and Keith Urban's "Somewhere In My Car", it almost seems like country folks have sex on the brain.
I will admit that it was out there earlier with singles like, "Get Me Some Of That" by Thomas Rhett and even going back to Big and Rich's "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)"... "Nothing on But The Radio", "Getting You Home"... Heck we can't discount a little song called, "The Pill".
Sex has always been there, even if it was just with implied intent.
The realease of Aldean's video for "Burnin' It Down" and Urban's debut of the video for "Somewhere in My Car" today I had to stop myself and ask, has country stooped to the level of selling sex???
There is a possibility... but the jury is still out.
I will say that while I like a good steamy song when there is a good looking man around, there are some things that just can't be replaced. The fact that love is foremost on my agenda, classics that were released by King George will forever be my favorites. Things like "Check Yes Or No", "Write This Down", "You Look So Good In Love", and "She'll Leave You With A Smile"... Just to name a few.
I'm speaking strictly speaking for myself, but I don't think the memory of that guy who goofily sang me "Check Yes Or No" to get me to smile would be the same. For some odd reason the thought of the same guy busting out in "Get Me Some Of That" is a little bit of a turn off. I know ultimately he wants sex... no need to sing about it. Ha!
While sex may sell, there is a lot that is to be said about being sweet about it... Let's get back to that.