One thing that has never changed in the nearly 30 years that have passed since I met my lovely wife, TJ, is her loathing of country music. During the mid-1990s, I went through a phase where I listened to a lot of country and folk music. At that point in my life, it touched me and, while I did listen to other genres of music, there was a lot of country in the mix.
Eventually, I moved away from it and weâ€™ve not had any twangy music in the house for many years now. Well, I think that may be about to change. Micah has declared that he likes country music. I have no idea when or how he came to this conclusion but I donâ€™t want to discourage him from expressing his likes and dislikes when it comes to music, books, film, or any other form of art. Heâ€™s pretty sensitive and nervous to declare preferences so Iâ€™m working with him to stand by his choices no matter what others like.
Of course, his announcement was not welcomed by TJ. Thereâ€™s no nice way to put this so Iâ€™ll just put it out there. TJ is a music snob. She enjoys pretty much one type of music â€“ indie/alt rock â€“ and doesnâ€™t have a problem with offering up little digs here and there when forced to listen to something else. Sheâ€™s gotten a lot better since I finally told her to knock it the hell off and deal with the fact that I like all sorts of music and I will listen to what I like the same as she does. I very rarely torture her with folk or classical. And sheâ€™s so grateful that I never caught the opera bug.
Country has been the hardest for her to stomach. When Micah announced his new musical preference, I swear, the look on TJâ€™s face could only have been more horrified if he had declared himself a Republican and planned to donate his college fund to the Scott Walker campaign. I laughed out loud and immediately told him that he should never be afraid to tell us what he enjoys, it doesnâ€™t matter whether we agree or not.
So to show my support, Iâ€™m listening to some country music that has been released in the past decade. The artists I know are considered â€œclassic countryâ€ so itâ€™s time to brush up so I can enjoy this phase with Micah. And to torture TJ by singing along loudly on road trips.