"Contrary to what you may have heard from Henry Rollins or/and Ian MacKaye and/or anyone else who joined a band after working in an ice cream shop, you can't really learn much about a person based on what kind of music they happen to like. As a personality test, it doesn't work even half the time. However, there is at least one thing you can learn: The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music "except country." - Chuck Klosterman
Bryan recently discovered his love for contemporary country music, and while I can sing almost every word to every song because that's what I grew up on, he's just now embracing this genre. We've always listened to the older stuff. I can think of a few times laying down by the river singing along to George Jones or Dwight Yoakam. And maybe that was the primer he needed to ease into mainstream country music. I don't know... whatever happened, I'm happy about it... We can't be this full of excitement about something without sharing it with our friends so we had a party.
Bryan sent out an email (with the above quote) and these major bullet points:
- There will be a projector (thanks Ian!) playing your requested and suggested country music videos! He got everyone to send youtube links and he was able to put together a 5 hour play list! There were times when seriously everyone in the room was singing along surprisingly enough!! "I was thinkin' 'bout a little white tank top sittin' right there in the middle by me..." "sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth" "way down yonder on the chatahootchee"
- Everyone should bring whiskey for blind taste-offs. Watching "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" and sipping whiskey from tiny communion cups seemed about right. I only participated in one round so I'm not sure what the final outcomes were.
- Bring a side dish! Casseroles/desserts etc. Anything appropriately country. We'll provide Sloppy Joes, coleslaw, potato salad, and banana pudding!
- And last but not least: dress appropriately! boots, bolo ties, overalls, jorts, cowboy hats, daisy dukes, plaid, bbq-stained whtie t-shirts, spurs, chaps etc.
This was just what we already had! There were about twice this many once everyone brought something to sip!
Sweet tea and red Solo cups!
Sloppy Joes, potato salad, and cole slaw! I think Bryan bought most of the ground beef in the display case at Whole Foods yesterday. So much sloppy joe!
Cowboy boots! Yes, he already had them!
Erin's sweet belt buckle! She said Ian brought it back from Texas a few weeks ago.
Do you know this song? "He can't even bait a hook. He can't even skin a buck. He don't know who Jack Daniels is. He can't even drive a truck." (in this song hook, buck, and truck all rhyme by the way) It's worth a listen I assure you.
Woo! I'm so glad we have friends who want to do weird/fun things with us!