It has never been a secret that I am not a fan of country music. I think that genre of music is very boring, very few of the artists can really play well and the lyrics are … well, for the most part a joke. The fact I often times believe lyrics from hip-hop and rap tunes are more intelligent is pretty sad.
However, as a fan of music, I do respect an artist that works hard. Regardless of my personal feelings in regards to the music created by a musician, the fact is that individual or band is doing something I wish I could. During my grade school years I played trumpet in the band, was pretty good at it, but lost interest by the time I was in seventh grade and quit altogether after I graduated from junior high. In retrospect I wish I had continued to play into high school, and even today there are a few instruments I would love to learn how to play.
All this brings to mind what country artist Taylor Swift is having to hear right now in regards to her complete dominance at the CMA Awards this week. It seems that some people are jealous that a 19 year old not only won all four awards she was nominated for, but took home the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy.
Wynonna Judd was especially harsh with her critique of the whole situation, claiming Swift’s rise to fame is indicative of how younger artists today experience fame too quickly. Well, Wynonna and several other “well-informed” people need to do some homework.
Taylor Swift took a demo of her singing karaoke songs to Nashville and explored every possible option on Music Row to break into the business … at the age of ELEVEN. I was too busy with Little League to worry about things like a career at that age! When she was turned down flat, rather than whine about things, she went home, learned to play the 12-string guitar and started writing her own songs. Oh, she did this by the age of TWELVE!
I have no use for her music, but I would be a hypocrite as a fan of the art of music if I was not impressed by what Taylor Swift has accomplished before she is even the legal drinking age! I hope she continues to well, if for no other reason to make a mockery of her critics. And Kanye.