Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kenny Chesney's "Noise"

It's hard to tell if you're flipping on a pop station, country station, or some motley of 80s/90s pop rock alternative on the FM dial.  "Noise" rocks the pop sound in the opening - not unusual for a new country song these days. But then it does something new and fun and unexpected - and unexpectedly awesome. I guess since folk and blues and jazz have always had this connection to country without being too close, it's not a surprise that someone would eventually mix them. When I was in high school, I had this habit of going to Half-Priced Books and looking around in their old cds and tapes, and I picked up this one that had a guy with big hair on the front, and I had no idea what it would sound like or if I'd like it, and I had no idea what kind of music it would be. David Mead turned out to be an excellent addition to my music collection - and he was something I would have never sought out intentionally - but I'm glad I did. He's folksy, indie, with a bit of jazz/blues - though I feel like I could offend some people by putting such a pop sound into the jazz category. I thought we were talking about Kenny Chesney here! Yes, so the fun thing that KC does in this song is he taps into some folksy bluesy sound that just sneaks up on you, and you're not sure if you like it, why you like it, but it is good.

Check it out on this video, at the 1:50 point, at the end of the line, when he hits the word noise, he goes off key. It's one of the most prominent features of a David Mead song, which is why I mention him. When I was searching on Youtube to decide which song to share with y'all on here, I saw that, funnily enough - David Mead did a song more recently called "Nashville," and guess who covered it? Taylor Swift. Ha. If you've read anything on this blog, you know that I'm an unwilling Taylor Swift fan. I don't like her most recent album, though, the 80s music one - it's too...80s for me. I like some 80s, but none of the kind that she did in her album. It's the only one I haven't bought of hers, and I've heard all of the songs, and I'm not regretting the non-purchase there, not a bit. The whole point of this article, though, is to point out the awesome thing that Kenny Chesney has done in "Noise," lyrics aside (and the lyrics are good - just a little Brad Paisley "Celebrity" obvious). 

Here's a little David Mead for the sake of comparison:

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