Coming from central Pennsylvania and having done the majority of my schooling there, I was exposed to
many different types of white people and their corresponding gender-counterparts. For example:
2) Nerds/Girls in Madrigals
3) Floaters/Girls in regular choir or theatre (musical and otherwise), or both, but not leads.
4) Gays/Girls who had the leads in theatre stuff
5) Vocational Hillbillies/Slutty cigarette-smoking class-failers, also wiggers.
6) Band nerds/Band nerds
Naturally there is some cross-over as some people in band were also in choir, etc, but these are the main categories. Also, by ‘floaters’ I mean the popular people that weren’t assholes, who pretty much got along with everyone – maybe they played a sport and were in band, or played a couple of sports and were smart, but you know who I’m talking about.
The category I’d like to dress are the Floater-girls. Floater girls were the best because they could be nice and mean and they were usually talented and smart too. Very well-rounded and generally fun to hang out with – though this opinion could be due mostly to the fact that I, being a Band Nerd, didn’t get to hang around them much. But luckily they Floated so occassionally our paths would cross.
Most of the girls in this category liked listening to country music. I’m not sure why. They certainly weren’t hillbilly counter-parts or jock-counterparts, and the Band and Lead-Theatre chicks usually listened to musical soundtracks or folk rock – with the occasional dab of R&B or Hip-Hop (think Lauryn Hill). But I was always impressed (and still am) by the girls who listened to country, mostly because they could usually sing and sing pretty well.
Of course the amazingly talented girls were impressive too, but what struck me just the other day, is that Floaters who listened to mostly pop music were lousy singers. In fact, most girls who listen to mostly pop music are lousy singers – they can’t hit pitches at all and have no rhythm or tone. But if a girl says she listens to country, I bet you any money she loves singing along to it and that she’s pretty darn good at it.
To me, this is a comment on music in general. Consider this: the average pop singer is typically a below average musician. They use auto-tune extensively because they can’t hit pitches, they’re boring and have no rhythm.
Though I’m not as familiar with Country Music, and less so with it’s production, here are some things to be noted – most country singers play an instrument or two. Not a lot of them write ALL of their songs, but the vast majority write most of them. Most instruments used on their records are live – meaning they have to sing and play in time and in tune with real people. I’m going to guess that auto-tune is used far less in the Country genre.
So, to all those lovely lady-Floaters out there, keep up the good work. Belt out those diddies and gain the respect of myself and everyone around you. For those of you listening to pop music? Shut the F up.