Youngsters find country music soothing to their ears
From being inspired to be a songwriter to having a song for every emotion, students speak about their love for country music on International Country Music Day, September 17. The day brings together performers and fans of country music from all over the world.
Two of my favourite aspects of country music are that it shares a particular storyline and it has a simple yet appealing harmony. I discovered country music in Class V with one of the most famous songs in this genre, Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver, followed by Remind Me by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, which, in turn, brought me to my favourite modern-day country artists, Sam Hunt and Luke Combs. Country music is a genre that is sure to get you thinking.
---Mriganka Sen, third year, BCom, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata
Country music is a beautiful genre that elucidates the meaning of life in different ways. Light, cheerful, and charmingly melodious, these songs are a complete earworm. My personal favourite is Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver. It is a song with a strong spirit. Not everyone likes this genre but the number of listeners is growing and I hope to add more songs to my playlist.
--- Sumandip Dutta, second year, BCom, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
The first time I heard country music, it felt like a group of angry men talking about pain. A few months later, I was sitting at a cafe where I heard Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha and it felt so good to my ears. Eventually, country music became soothing. Sometimes I feel like getting a cowboy hat and going on a road trip. Songs like Remind Me by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The Stranger by Ingrid Andress are my all-time favourites. Country music has given me a melody for every season of life. I personally have a passion for words and when you listen to country music you can’t help but feel what the artist is feeling. Whether it’s about an unbearable heartbreak or a build-up to a heart-stopping romance, you can feel it deep down in your heart and soul.
--- Sayandip Saha, third year, BTech, Neotia Institute of Technology, Management and Science
I listen to country music because of its lyrics. People who have a passion for words can literally feel what the singer is trying to convey. Each song narrates a story, with beautiful music. I personally get inspired by country music. I am a singer and a songwriter. Country music has helped me with writing lyrics. It has also helped me improved my instrumental skills.
---Bhaskarjyoti Deka, third year, BCom, The Bhawanipur Education Society College
There was a time in my teenage days when I listened to Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Tim McGraw. Major pentatonic and blues are two major scales through which you can make a sweet but isolated sound. Country music artistes have inspired me to watch my acoustic fretboard differently.
--- Pratik Das, fourth year, Biotechnology, UEM, Kolkata
Country music touches topics close to the heart. Most country music singers sing about love, addiction, divorce, and other sensitive topics. These are songs that touch the heart and appeal to emotions. It’s perfect for telling stories. It can stretch across cultural boundaries. It lets me relive my life with musical flashbacks. It taught me that life is just too short to be unhappy. Everyone will face loss in their lives, but we should be grateful for the small things that add up to large things over time.
--- Shruti Saha, third year, BSc, Economics, The Bhawanipur Education Society. College
Country music has always been one of the go-to genres for me. Be it John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads, or Bless the Broken Roads by Rascal Flatts, country music takes me places where no other music genre can.
What appeals to me the most is the simplicity of these songs. Moreover, they also tend to possess an element of truth, and that is what makes them so incredibly relatable. To compose a country song, all you need are three chords and a story to tell.
---Mainak Chakraborty, third year, BCom, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
I’m a proud country music lover. Country music is all about its soothing and touching lyrics. One of my all-time favourites is Leaving on a Jetplane by John Denver. Each one of these songs tells a story, especially the sad ones.
--- Tanmoy Das, fourth year, BTech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai