It blows my mind to think that one of my all time favorite artists, Alan Jackson, is considered classic country now. This man has left such a deep respect in me for country and I was in elementary school when I first listened to him.
I had received his greatest hits (at the time) DVD with all the music videos. It really left a lasting impression on me and I would try to play from ear his songs like, “Gone Country” on my guitar. I was able to play right along!
There are various times in our lives where I think we must take a moment and stop to think about those that have influenced us. There are times when I almost feel sad and emotional thinking how much time has gone bye since I first got into this music. I was so little at the time and remember jamming out “Chattahoochee” and “Summertime Blues” and loving every second of it. I’m a believer that children can be influenced heavily by the shows they watch, books they read, and music they listen to. I have always admired how Jackson has conducted himself and maintained a certain level of quality in his music.
There are been instances when traditionalist critics have come down on many artists like Jackson for some of the more “summer-like” songs they cut from time to time. I think in the moment I can understand those complaints to a point, but in the long term the vast majority are solid country songs with heart and family values. One of the songs that has always stuck with me is “Drive.” This song hits you in the feels because you witness the growth of a child with his own daddy, to teaching his own daughter. It maintains a wonderful country tempo, touches of harmonica and all of the sounds that make me love this genre so much.
The passion that Jackson sings with in this song has always affected me because I always think about the times growing up with my own parents. All of the major events like driving, learning to ride a bike, even working, all came from my dad. My mother has obviously done so much for me as well so I tie both of their efforts into my feelings on “Drive.” You just hit that age in your young adult years where you begin to realize things come full circle. Ultimately you will begin to teach your own what your parents once taught you.
I have put together a Spotify Playlist of some of my favorite Alan Jackson tunes that I hope you check out. He has been a huge part of my music listening over the years and I still can’t believe how long it has been. So, thank you AJ for all the great music and helping this little guy get hooked on your music and ultimately country music!
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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