Friday, April 17, 2009

Travis Tritt, Among Others, Rocked My Middle School Years

Two married friends recently told us that they entertain themselves some evenings by sitting around the house and listening to classic country. My first reaction: "Really?" I wonder, how bored I would I have to get before I would succumb to such torture. 

However, when the same friends invited us to go to the Travis Tritt concert Saturday night, we said yes. I'm still not sure why. We're going with two other couples. The previously mentioned country-loving pair and two other novice listeners. So, during our Tuesday night Bunco game, I asked the Novice Wife if she knew any Travis Tritt songs. Off the top of our heads, we came up with one song: "Here's a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares." 

Swirling in the recesses of our minds could be more Travis Tritt songs, we just can't remember them. For most 25 to 30 year olds, Tritt falls into a genre of music we like to call Middle School Country. 

While I don't necessarily like country music, there are some country songs I picked up in this period of my life. For instance, I was a semi-fan of Tim McGraw's "Don't Take the Girl." How could you not? He was willing to give that guy Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Thompson (BTW, alliteration is the easiest and most obvious word device, Tim), even his best friend, Bo. 

It's sort of romantic. He goes against the theory of bros before hoes (I hate this saying). However, his offer falls short. He tells the bad guy to take "any boy in the world, but please don't take the girl." All the while he's standing right there and never mentions — take me!

Ahh, the good ol' days of Middle School Country. And to think, country music has gotten progressively worse. I'm going to keep track of how many Travis Tritt songs I actually know Saturday night — just to disappoint myself. 

Let's spark a little online interaction: What's your favorite Middle School Country song?