I realize that in the State of Texas, it is something you can be shot for, but I cannot stand country-western music. I do like bluegrass music, because of my past life as a clogger. But that's where the love ends, and I'll tell you the latest reason why.
I was in the store yesterday, and they were playing Christmas music (LOOOOVE Christmas music & glad they were even acknowledging Christmas instead of "RamaHanaKwanzMas" or "Generic Winter Season Greeting"). This was fine until I was assaulted by some sap-ola country-western singer going on about a little boy trying to buy shoes for his sick mom on Christmas Eve, and how he had to hurry because Daddy says there isn't much time, and he wants his mom to look beautiful "when she meets Jesus tonight".
Sap-sap-sap-sappy. Now, of course, any mommy/little boy song is going to make me think of my own little boy and tug at my heart, and the obvious relevance this year of going in for brain surgery sometime before Christmas was no help. So yes - I was crying like a fool in the middle of the store. But PLEASE! I went home and told my husband that if I were dying on Christmas Eve, please do not be an idiot and send my boy shoe shopping during my final hours. He should be HOME, where I can hug him until I take that last breath. And come on - since when does Jesus care what kind of shoes you wear? I'm thinking the shoes don't actually go with you when you die. (And by the way - no one sees them in the casket either! Bring on the comfy fuzzy slippers!) Sounds like this little boy and his family need to be spending more time reading the Sermon on the Mount (as in "lay not up for yourself treasures...") than picking through the Manolo's while one of their own is quickly going through the sand in her hourglass.
Anyway...one redeeming thing about rap music is that you probably won't get a sap-ola song like this. Of course, you might get one where the little boy shoots his mom on Christmas Eve when she won't buy him the shoes HE wants - and okay, that's not good, either. I'm sticking with the Carpenter's Christmas Album and the Mormon Tab Choir!