When talking about country singers Clint Black is likely to come up a time or two since he happens to be one of those that people recall the most and one of the few that decided to keep the sound of country something traditional and rooted in the old sounds that people had grown used to a while back. To say that he hasn’t moved forward with the times wouldn’t be accurate, but to say that he’s still kept that same sound and managed to adapt it to the current era would be a little closer. Clint was raised with music constantly being played in his home, and by the age of 13 had taught himself how to play the harmonica. From there his interest in music continued to build, and at one point his parents even started inviting people over to their home on the weekends to hear Clint and his brothers perform.
Here are five of the best songs from his long and successful career.
5. A Bad Goodbye
The idea of keeping things traditional as time goes on is something that a lot of people tend to like since it hearkens back to a time when they can remember first getting into music. The nostalgia that comes as a result is something that manages to put a good feeling in a person’s heart. That being said, being able to appeal to a new crowd and allow a new generation to come to enjoy the music in the same way is kind of a challenge, but changing so much that the old sound becomes muddled and distorted isn’t the best idea in the world. If people are going to come to the music then it’s got to be on their terms.
4. A Better Man
How many of us can remember the old cassette tapes that our parents would plug into the car stereo and blare as we went sailing down the road? A lot of us might have never had that experience since there are a great many that weren’t reared on country music. But for those of us that were Clint is the kind of sound that allows us to go back to our childhood when driving down the road meant open windows, a country tune on the radio or on the tape player, and a desire to either take the tape out or just drum your fingers on the dash along with the beat. Country might not be for everyone, but it’s still catchy.
3. Killin’ Time
The atmosphere that is brought about by country music at times is so laid back, so fun, and so easygoing that it’s hard not to enjoy it now and again since the hustle and bustle of everyday life is sometimes so great and so overwhelming that people need a reason to just calm down and simmer. There’s something about country music that tends to say “hang around and chill” to those that are willing to listen and just relax for a moment to have a good time. The frantic pace of other music sometimes overwhelms the senses, but when you’ve got a nice beat and a good bunch of lyrics to go with it then you’ve got a good time ready to go.
2. Like the Rain
There’s something about the rain that’s very cathartic if a person just stops to listen and look. It’s an inconvenience, a pain in the butt to be honest when a person has something to do outside and doesn’t want to get wet. But appreciating its necessity and the reason why it’s so important is something that a lot of people fail to realize at times. The cleansing nature of the rain, the ability it has to wash away just about anything, is a very real and very metaphorical thing that a lot of people have finally taken the time to realize as they raise their faces to the heavens in order to truly appreciate the downpour.
1. When I Said I Do
A lot of people are still under the impression that country songs tend to be about something sad or tragic, and while this is the case at times it’s not the only type of story that is represented by the genre. If you look closely a lot of musical genres do the same thing, but they never seem to get tasked for it for some reason. Country music is about telling a story, creating a ballad, and entertaining the listener just as much as any style of music will seek to do. In many ways it’s a lot better than some since it will gladly tell a person a story that they can understand and relate to, though like any other genre it’s there to be enjoyed.
There’s no doubt about it, Clint is one of those that you can’t help but listen to all the way through just to hear the entire piece.