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Sunday June 29, 2003

The end is near... I'm going Dixie

The day I moved in with my first college roommate, I had fierce, panicky urges to hop in my car and go back home. I wanted out as soon as I got to my dorm room. I wasn't homesick... no, I couldn't wait to get the heck out of my house. Rather, I was sickened by the site of a Dixie Chicks magnet on my new roomie's refridgerator.

Let me explain.

Growing up, I got exposed to many, many different kinds of music. Punk, hip hop, techno, rock, pop, classical, and yes, country. I liked almost every style I heard, except for that last one. I hate country music. I hate everything about country music. I hate the way it sounds, I hate the way country musicians dress, I hate that darn accent. As far as I'm concerned, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks may very well be demons in disguise.

I hate country.

My first roomie and I got along amazingly well, considering the fact that she was a Dixie Chicks diva and I was an MxPx maniac. I think we influenced each other somewhat. By the end of the year, she was shopping at Hot Topic, and I was listening to the Chicks without cringing. I still wasn't a fan, though, and my hatred of all things country remained in tact.

And then came Stephanie.

My last roomie, who couldn't be any more different than myself (unless we were of different species) was also a Chicks fan. And she loved them. And she listened to them. And she worked on me. And now I'm downloading Long Time Gone, I bet, with her approval. Hmmmph. I don't know how this happened. Maybe it's the Chicks' resistance to pro-war pressure that has so impressed me, but some of their songs just sound a lot better to me now.

This is weird.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not letting go of my anti-country punk passion. At least, not in the full sense. I still hate cowboy hats, southern accents, and country twang. I don't like apple pie either... *gasp,* but I just like some songs. Just some individual songs by one particular group, who has grown on me a little bit over the past couple of years. I just can't believe they're country.

Another sign of the apocolypse.


I'm the same way. I like almost any kind of music - except country. But I do like the Dixie Chicks song "Goodbye Earl". :)

theresa on June 30, 2003 12:11 AM

I am SO proud of your new download! You really have let me shape you is okay I still hear your words in my head! love ya babe

Your old roomie on June 30, 2003 12:35 AM

The Dixie Chicks border on poppy bluegrass, so you're still in the safe zone. ;) And be nice! I was raised in GA and used to speak with a southern accent!

beeda on June 30, 2003 04:27 PM

I share your hatred of country (although I listened to it when I was younger). Except... I really really dislike the Dixie Chicks, and still have a place in my heart for Garth Brooks. :)

Brina on June 30, 2003 08:03 PM

The best part of getting older is when you realize you don't have to like only one very narrow genre of music and nothing else! Rock-N-Roll never would have happened the same way without country and vice versa... You should be proud to be more than a stereotype! :)

Dawn on July 1, 2003 04:48 AM

LOL. i hate country music too, but well, I have to admit that there are a couple of dixie chicks songs on my computer too..... eek....

Courtney on July 1, 2003 11:04 AM

hey drina, i live in seattle, as you know... and one of my roommates dated mike herrera. i know i don't need to explain who he is to you : )

coqui on July 2, 2003 12:05 PM

NO WAY! NO FREAKIN WAY! She dated Mike Herrera? Oh my goodness, what a lucky gal. I mean, I guess not THAT lucky (he's pretty much taken for life now), but seriously, I am trying not to be jealous. Grrrrrrrrrrrr....

Drina on July 2, 2003 08:28 PM

The Dixie Chicks are a disgrace to America and Humanity. They should be deported for their attacks on America and our way of life. Toby Keith is a great American and a true Horatio Alger story. The Dixie Twits should do ganster rap - is more appropriate and in line with their beliefs.

Alphonse Gore on April 28, 2005 10:29 AM

The Dixie Chicks, despite their horrible choice in creating country music

Drina on May 1, 2005 07:32 PM