Music has belonged to the romantics for too damn long.
It’s not healthy for a guy (or for a woman) to listen to constant singing about how a female is the center of some guy’s life, the one he “can’t live without,” the one he’d “do anything for.” It’s similarly unhealthy to constantly listen to songs about grinding on women at the club.
Sometimes music needs to be about something other than relationships or sex. What happened to songs about working, songs about traveling, and songs about adventure?
Just like we all need to spend less time sitting down at desks or at coffee shops talking about our feelings, we need to spend less time listening to songs about our feelings and more time listening to songs about doing.
Meet my newest playlist.
“Manly Men Singing Manly Songs In a Manly Manner” (H/T to the US Army’s George Crocker for the inspiration of that phrase) is a compilation of country and rock songs that run the gamut from road songs to cowboy songs to farming songs sung by some of the manliest men in music, from George Strait and Waylon Jennings to Steve Earle and Merle Haggard.
This is a great playlist to listen to while you’re riding the rails, hammering steel, roping steers, getting into a fistfight, driving into the mountains, or escaping prison. Or just listen as an effective boycott to our culture of overweening sentimentality and female-worship.