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The evolution of Country Music songs in America

written by Matt Dorman on September, 05, 2014, 06:00 PM. Comments: 1

Hi all,

It's amazing; the evolution of songs. I've been around for a while, and have witnessed many, many changes in music. Why? because what is playing, without fail, will get boring in time. The question is, how much time?

I remember the class of '89, in Country Music, Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and more. Those artists changed Country music. They stole it from Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, and more.

The songwriters of that era of song were left speechless, for the most part. The songs they had that were hits, no longer applied. They would never see the speakers of Country music's new fans, as the fans had changed. Fans have gotten younger, and older folks, who don't even understand those young songs, let alone younger people, became disenfranchised with Country radio.

Some songwriters and artists quit, some moved on, using previous hits to do shows for crowds that appreciate their musical stylings. Radio would not play them, however. Not main stream, reporting stations.

True, some artists like George Strait made it through, but not many at all. Some artists protested the new music, made it known they wanted their Country music back. They never got it. The songs moved on, and evolved them out of the market, sadly.

Then, a band named Florida Georgia Line introduced a song named "Cruise" to radio, and the next wave was on. Radio was changing quickly, very quickly. "Cruise" was a smash hit, the song that younger Country fans had been waiting for.

The evolution begins again, leaving behind most of the class of '89.
This will go on and on for infinity, as long as there are songs.

Due to evolution, some songwriters struggle, who never had to. Some will try and keep up with that evolution. Others will quit. Most will hold on for that next wave, that evolution, in hopes that it changes back to what it was, those hits they have in their catalogue. That day may never come.

All of the aforementioned was written to this point: Each song you write has to be for you first, for your listening pleasure. Enjoy the writing process, the creative buzz. Enjoy that with each song. Make that the only reward you demand from your songs, self satisfaction, and anything beyond that is a blessing.

Why? Unless you are one of those really successful writers, you are on the sidelines wondering how to get in. If you let the absence of a cut rule your songwriting world, you will quit, surely, because you are living for that ultimate goal for your song, which may be dated.

Think back to your first song, how it felt to read it, play it, sing it after you had finished it. Think about that rush. At that moment, nobody in this world has heard your song but you. You are elated, filled with the satisfaction of your accomplishment, and overflowing with pride. You may have felt a sense of healing from that song.

That moment is what I'm talking about. Live for that moment. Write for that moment.

And, if by chance the world gets your song, you just might get a Grammy. If they don't, you have that feeling. The feeling that propels you forward. It keeps you writing. It keeps you sane in changing times. It makes the journey sweet.


Leo wrote on November, 16, 2014, 12:21 PM

Could not agree more, but one question. What comes first lyrics or melody? I write because my son and I take great pleasure in making memorable moments through rhyming our current situation into a song. Well, we remember them just like the ones on the radio due to the play on words or catchy lyrics. I just wonder if I should keep what we do or try to share it. Have a good one!


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