I love country western music. I especially love the easy style of George Strait. In my opinion he can sing anything. On the drive home from Palm Springs airport last weekend, I turned on the radio—which is permanently set to 106.1 FM country radio—and heard George’s latest: I Got a Car. I sang along, half-thinking about my recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, for the Romance Writers of America conference, and half-thinking about my current story that features a Texas cattle-rancher. He loves George Strait’s music too. : )
Anyway, the story has become an earworm. I find myself singing it and smiling as I go about my work. The lyrics are so simple. There’s a laid-back almost lazy strumming of the guitar. And yet, when you take the time to picture this story within the song, it is so complete it could be a contemporary romance.
Boy sees girl across a bar and approaches. I see him in his blue jeans and Stetson, a bit of a swagger in his walk, a wicked grin on his face, and maybe a twinkle in his blue eyes. Girl already knows his intention and thinks, why not? She appreciates the view, but she’s a tiny bit skeptical. Maybe she’s been hurt before. She’s looking for something: A change of location, an adventure, maybe.
He tells her, “I got a car.”
She says, “That’s somethin’.” I detect a little bit of snarkiness here. : ) They get together. She asks, “Where’s this goin’?” He says, “There ain’t no way of knowin.” It’s pretty typical of a romance so far, right?
They stay together. She gets pregnant. They end up in a little white house. There’s a storm. The lines are down. She’s in tears and worried, because she needs to get to the hospital. His response: “I got a car, it’s already runnin’… ”
This little story within the song leaves me feeling happy. I like the way they “get” each other. The way they’ve created something together. I enjoy their simple beginning, the acceptance of “whatever it is” as they explore the relationship, and then how they get to embrace a happily ever after. It makes me think of the stories I write. They don’t need to be so complicated. Somehow, by touching on the simplest of emotions we can leave the biggest imprint in the reader’s mind.
Here’s a link to a youtube video: http://tinyurl.com/pbwm8sh
What do you think? Are you a C&W lover? Or do you hate it, or just not “get” it?