You know what they say.

by Alison Bonaguro
(as seen in Country Music Today, March 2005)


Some people quote the bible. Some cite ancient philosophers. Some even take to quoting legendary sports figures. Me? I quote country music. In good times and in bad, when you want to say something deep and insightful, you can always have faith in Nashville's lyrics.   I can always find just the right thing to say by turning to country music. Like when my friend came over to borrow my push-up bra for her high school reunion (which for her was really just an old-boyfriend reunion), I reminded her of what Garth Brooks told me: Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. Faith Hill has some good material to pull from, too. When the day comes that my daughter asks me how I knew Daddy was "the one," I'll just tell her what Faith says: All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse. Sometimes, though, you're better off quoting lyrics in your head instead of out loud. Like when you get pulled over, and the man in blue asks you if you have a permit for your gun rack, the first thing that'll pop into your head is: You got a permit for asking stupid questions like that?   Trace Adkins can get away with saying that outloud, but Trace Adkins is 6'6".   Even the artists themselves quote each other occasionally. Back in 1994, before he was an idol himself, Tim McGraw idolized George Strait so much he devoted an entire song to him called "Give it to Me Strait." Tim must've discovered what I've known all along. That country music can make people stop and think, help them heal and get them smiling.   And you know what Brooks & Dunn say. That's what it's all about.

7 ways to fit country music into any conversation:

When your husband asks why you're getting your hair highlighted, tell him what Sara Evans says: The straight haired girls they all want curls and the brunettes wanna be blond.

If you're out with friends after a long week, and you're voting on who should be the designated driver, say what Alan Jackson says: Tonight, I'm the designated drinker.

Lee Ann Womack knows just what to say when your ex finds a new love: It may be my family's redneck nature rubbin' off, bringin' out unladylike behavior, but I really hate her, I'll think of a reason later.

When your roommate/spouse/teenager won't get out of bed on Sunday morning, share Darryl Worley's philosophy: You're goin' if I have to drag your butt to church.

After a fight with your significant other, when you're not quite ready to make up, Terri Clark says it best: I just wanna be mad for a while.

When some pushy hard-ass dad at a soccer game is telling his 5-year-old that his defense sucks, give him a piece of Joe Nichols' mind: Tell me how would you feel, you'd probably give up too, if nobody believed in you.

If you spend a few hours making dinner, remind your family what Brad Paisley says: If she cooks all day, you'd better eat it with a smile, it doesn't matter if it tastes just like bad gravy on a Goodyear tire.