I thought these things went without saying, but some recent comments and happenings around the site make me think there could be value in spelling them out, so here goes:
1. Good people sometimes make bad music.
I don’t know any of the artists I write about personally, but I get the impression that I’d get along pretty well with the vast majority of them. I don’t doubt that country music is home to some of the most genuine, levelheaded people in show business. But the fact that Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift seem like sweet people doesn’t have much to do with how I view their music. On the other end of the spectrum, I don’t let my suspicion that David Allan Coe isn’t a sweet person keep me from enjoying his music. It’s never personal.
2. ‘Bad music’ is pretty subjective.
Who am I to call music bad? Nobody, really. I don’t have any qualifications other than I listen to quite a bit of music and enjoy trying to articulate why I feel the way I do about various aspects of it. You don’t have to find that interesting, but some people do, hence the continued existence of this site. The only really inappropriate response is getting rude or confrontational – everyone is welcome to counter with their own opinions, but only if they can do so in a way that respects the fact that theirs is not the final or definitive word.
3. ‘Good people’ is also subjective.
Country artists are entertainers, not saints. If I had a bunch of money and teams of people to help me look like a good person, I’m sure I could pull it off too. Stop by some hospitals and soup kitchens, put on a benefit concert for a tornado-ravaged town… those are noble humanitarian efforts, and I don’t doubt the sincerity of anyone’s intentions, but lots of regular people do just as much for less recognition, so let’s be measured in our praise.
4. Fake News is fake.
I thought I titled this series pretty honestly, but apparently some visitors don’t get it. Fake News is fake. Martina McBride isn’t really a raging alcoholic goth with a foul mouth. But wouldn’t it be exciting if she were?
Having stated the obvious, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.