January 11, 2011

obsessed.: The Country Strong soundtrack(s)

It wasn't until nearly high school that I developed my own taste in music. I grew up listening to country because that's what my parents listened to, and that's what was on the radio in the car. Not that I minded, for the most part. Country music can be really good ... and really bad ... much like any form of art.

Once I got into high school and beyond, however, I gravitated much more toward the pop/rock end of the spectrum. I pretended like I was too good for country because it's what my parent's listened to, and parents are "lame" when you're 16 and trying to become your own person. Now that I'm older and wiser (ha!), I realize that listening to what they listened to doesn't make me less of my own person. It makes me a well-rounded individual, musically.

Every now and then I'll go back to my roots and get on a country kick, which is what brings up to the real topic of today's obsessed.: the Country Strong soundtracks.

I'll admit it: I first wanted to see this movie because Garrett Hedlund is in it. (I can be superficial every now and then, it's allowed.) I heard his "Hide Me Babe" on Tumblr and was really impressed with his voice, and the fact that he learned to sing/play the guitar for the role.(Actors who sing well are always intriguing to me, e.g. Ewan MacGregor, probably because I heart musicals?) I then went searching out more songs from the movie and ended up downloading both the original and the "more music" soundtracks with some iTunes birthday money. This was in the middle of last week.

I don't think I've listened to anything but the two albums since then.

Like I said, obsessed. I haven't even seen the movie.

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites from the albums:

"Shake That Thing"—Gwyneth Paltrow

"Timing is Everything"—Garrett Hedlund

"Me and Tennessee"—Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow

And here's a clip from the movie with another song I adore, "Give in To Me," as sung by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. There's a bit of raciness in it, don't say I didn't warn you.