Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 and 2. I was very hesitant about this one, because my taste in country music is very finicky (the line between deep - Hank Williams - and idiotic - Hank Williams Jr. - isn't easy for a non-country fan to discern). Plus, having been ruined by the Beatles (me, that is, loving the electric guitar above all) soul music came to me slowly. I didn't even like Motown until the 70s. I now get funk but am still working on hip hop. Pathetic, really.
But enough about me. How was the record? Well, at first, it sucked, actually. The backing chorus repeating every important line annoyed the sh*t out of me, reminding me of nothinmuch as the muzak station playing in my dentist's office when I was a kid. So I had to leave it alone for awhile.
Now I'm back and it all sounds perfectly natural. The soul approach saps the potential, well, sappiness of the country tunes, and those tunes add a little more melody than typical soul music. I listened again last night and it just keeps getting better. The best of both worlds, I say. B+, and rising.
But then blammo! SAD? Fekking miserable is more like it. But this time, there were actual reasons for it. Floods? Starvation, you ask? Nope. Just work related stuff, which is all that it takes to set me off.
And unfortunately, music isn’t always the cure. If you try to force music onto a bad time, you just end up with a miserable time set to music you’ll never want to hear again, no matter how good it is, simply because it reminds you of that awful time. It’s better to just ride it out.
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