Fiddles and Harmonicas
I used to despise the country culture of my hometown. For me and a lot of my friends, being a ‘country fan’ meant sticking to the music of those in the 20th century when Baguio and Benguet were still heavily influenced by southern Americans. We lived in the urban areas and believed that country music adherents were those from the countryside. We stereotyped them as the betel nut-chewing, denim-loving, flare jeans and steel toe-wearing lads.
It was only when my cousins and relatives from the rural areas started visiting us at home that I began to appreciate country music and realize why it makes so much sense as a genre. I listened well, not just to the tunes I used to make fun of, but also to the stories being told through song. I have always loved stories and country music is all about them so I started loving country music too.
If you visit my hometown, you would see small booths filled with CDs from local recording artists not only doing covers for country songs but also composing their own music filled with country elements. I don’t particularly buy from them but whenever I have the time, I would go looking for songs and listen to the stories. It’s the stories I always go back to.
Here are a few you might want to listen to:
THE RATHER NEW ONES (**favorite)
SOME CLASSICS (**favorite)
HAPPY COUNTRY SONGS 🙂