Saturday, July 6, 2013

A to Z Music Challenge ~ U is for Carrie Underwood, UB40, Keith Urban, Uncle Kracker, U2 and Usher

Why hello there, music challenge. It's been a long time, now hasn't it?

I will admit that I stalled on this letter for a reason, one that I will sorta explain in a little bit.

I'm going to try and finish this up within the next week so that I can get back to the matter of the summer school of rock.

Off we go.

Carrie Underwood
Easily one of the biggest success stories to come out of the American Idol franchise, she's the girl next door. Beautiful and talented, her songs, like most of those that come out of the country genre, are the kind that tear at the heartstrings just a little bit. This one is one of my favorites, because I've found myself at this point, looking for something to believe in.

This band was one of those testing limits of genres in a way no one saw coming. Brits that sing reggae? What? They did and they did it well. Go ahead, sing along.

Keith Urban
The country boy who isn't from here at all, he was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Now he's uber famous, has been a judge on American Idol and is married to a movie star. This isn't one of his most famous songs, but it's the one that speaks to me the most.

Uncle Kraker
He started as more of a rapper and has evolved more into the country genre. Best friend of Kid Rock, he gained a reputation for partying hard and was involved in a sex assault case that saddened his fans. His music is the kind that just makes sense when you're drinking on a summer day.

This would be the roadblock that kept me from finishing this challenge. I don't love U2. I never have, and in the past few years I have found even more reasons to loathe their existence. Some of their songs now claim that status as PTSD triggers for me, which isn't a good thing. I wasn't much of a fan before then, for their hypocrisy and all that anyway, but now I pretty much hate them. This is the one song I don't hate.

Whew. Got that U2 nonsense out of the way. Thank you lord sweet baby jesus that Usher is left. I love this man. Truly. I couldn't have been more excited when he was chosen to be on The Voice. I could post a million of his videos, but I'll leave you with this one.

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