Monday, January 17, 2011

Country Strong. Wish they were really on tour.

Good golly! I want to go to a Gwyneth Paltrow concert with Garrett Hedlund opening. Anyone else?
And if the GLEE cast could join her on stage for a couple of songs, it may just need to be carried out like one of the girls you hear about at the Beatles concerts.

Here's the kicker: I don't even like Country music!
My son has a thing for Taylor Swift songs, so I enjoy the few I've downloaded & I can stand to let a Lady Antebellum song play through without changing the station, but I've tried & tried to like it but it's not happening.
I'm not sure what makes me more of an outcast my not liking alcohol or country music.
Trust me, I've tried all different kinds and still, it's not my thing; neither thing.

Here's the other thing:
I cried & cried & I cried so much the 3 napkins I had access to turned into crumbs stuck to my ruffled sweater. I know it wasn't meant to be a sad movie from the first 20 minutes in. Blame it on pregnancy hormones or that it was my first date with my husband in months or because music, really good music just gets to me that way, but I cried almost the whole way through.

And the scenes meant to pull your heartstrings, like the elementary school visit, forget it! I hear Travis on the album & fight back tears. 

Still, I woke up the next morning feeling like I'd been to the best concerts. Like I'd stumbled into a Nashville hole-in-the-wall bar & heard country music's rising stars then gone to see them when they made it to the big time. I don't even like country music!
 
I bought both soundtracks, because the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack doesn't have all the music performed by the talented actors in the movie. This one has the missing tracks. What's the sense of hearing anyone else sing these songs? I want to hear Gwyneth, Garrett & Leighton sing! If you see their names on either album, it's worth clicking "buy this song".


The movie itself? It's disturbing, really. As it's an honest depiction of substance abuse, toxic relationships, and poor self esteem. 
The actors can do more than act, and do it so well, I'm truly hoping they'll be compelled to do a concert tour.
See the trailer here.
Or just take my word for it, grab your girlfriends or your man & see it. See it for the music.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Great review! I am a closet country music lover (okay it's really no secret) and I'm anxious to see this!

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