New international fan here. A year ago I did not even know who M was and only just knew about B thanks to the voice. The only country song I had on my itunes was “The Gambler”. (I think...) Now I have every song of Blake and LBT. Knew a little bit about Gwen. Your blog is awesome – for somebody as young as you.😉 I was just curious – how old were you when you started listening to country music? And was Blake the first country artist you liked? What was your first ever country song you “liked”?
Aw well thanks!
I started listening to country music when I was around 12… Which is actually pretty young for me considering the fact that I didn’t start listening to actual music until I was like 10. I thought the only genre that existed was the songs they played in Sunday School.
I do still remember some of my first favorite songs though. The three songs that got me into country were Big Green Tractor by Jason Andean, Alright by Darius Rucker and People Are Crazy by Bill Currington. I loved those songs because my brother played them all the time. And then after that, I started to like What Was I Thinking by Dierks Bentley and I think Hillbilly Bone. Or maybe that was just the first Blake Shelton song I liked. Idk. I started watching the Voice when it was on after the super bowl that one year and then I fell in love with Blake… So the reason I like The Voice so much is because that’s actually how I started to like Blake too.
But then I discovered angry female songs like Gunpowder and Lead and Before He Cheats and it was all over 😂
growing up constantly hearing parables about women and beauty like “looks don’t last but beauty never fades” and even arthur weasley saying “and THAT is why you never go for looks alone” of the veela in the goblet of fire gave me a very complicated relationship with my identity as a woman very young and a very confused relationship with my own appearance… beauty is sinful and repulsive, the most important aspect of my identity, and shameful to indulge in… the beautiful woman is a figure of envy, desire, seduction…
It took me until literally today to realize that my self confidence and narcissism (aka, security and self-love) will not “fade with my youth” and that my satisfaction with my looks is not sinful… my own beauty is incidental and indulging in it is not only my own choice, but a symptom of the patriarchy… women are taught to hate each other for doing the one thing we are told by men we are good for
self love is not evil and beautiful women are not your enemy