Friday, August 5, 2011

Song of the Day

Alright, I want to keep this short since A) I don’t want it to sound like every other article ever written about the guy (and there have been many) and B) I’m writing this on the train on my way back from the dentist (always a pleasure). Seriously though, is this guy ever going to slow down? With more hits than basically everyone else in the business combined, George Strait is truly timeless. The guy’s been producing hit song after hit song for the better part of thirty years, and not only are the songs consistently of a high quality, but the dude even looks the same as he did thirty years ago. After countless records, tours and even a few forays into acting, George Strait is still the humble Texan he was when he first struck gold with “Fool Hearted Memory” back in 1982. Even more remarkably, his format for success has barely changed: the songs Strait records now sound the same as the ones he was choosing at the beginning of his career. He’s one of the few, if not the only artist, who hasn’t had to change his style to account for changing trends and tastes. Country radio will play a George Strait song no matter how old it sounds, but that’s the beauty of it – it’s a journey back to another era, when country songs were generally tongue-in-cheek, catchy tunes that all adhered to the same basic musical format. It’s simple, it’s easy, but it sure as hell works.

If you don’t believe me, listen to the song below. If you didn’t know it was released in the past few weeks, you’d swear it was from the early nineties, and yet, I have no doubt it will be a #1 hit. I promise. It’s a sure thing. Don’t even bother questioning it – just listen and enjoy…

Song of the Day – George Strait – “Here for a Good Time”

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