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Howdy Penn State! I am going to be writing about a beautiful country song this week, digging into its deeper meaning and touching story.
I remember the first time I heard the song “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride. I was in 5th grade, hanging out with one of my childhood best friends. We loved discovering new music and we could watch music videos on YouTube for hours every day. I never really had an interest in country music, but it was all my friend listened to so I was pretty much forced to like it. We came across this song called “Concrete Angel” and started to watch the music video. I am not exaggerating when I say my friend and I were in tears literally one minute into the song. I am a very emotional person; I cry during movies, commercials, basically anything sad, sappy, or too adorable, I tear up. But my friend who never cried, I think I saw her cry maybe twice the whole time I was friends with her, and watching this video was one of them.
I love music more than anything, and I think it can connect with a person on so many mental and emotional levels, but sometimes the music videos just make the song that much better. Lyrics of a song can sometimes be vague and left to the listener for interpretation, but the music video tells the story that the artist wants you to take away from their song. A music video can transform a song and make it a different world for the listener, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
The song “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride came out in 2002, and is was still voted the #1 Saddest Country Song in 2014, according to Rolling Stone. At first glance, the song is about child abuse, stemming from a somber and heart wrenching event close to McBride’s heart. McBride’s niece was a victim of child abuse, so this song is a dedication to her. Her niece was abused by her mother, McBride’s sister, after she divorced her husband. McBride’s sister abused her daughter continuously until one day when McBride’s precious niece was killed.
Even as I write this post today, I am still touched and emotionally connected to this powerful song. I wanted to re-watch the music video so I could explain it more in my post, but I had to stop the video about a minute in because I could already feel my eyes welling up with warm tears (and because I am sitting in the library and wouldn’t want to burst into tears in front of hundreds of people I don’t know). But, I want you as the readers to watch this video, listen to the powerful lyrics, and hopefully feel an emotional connection. I would recommend waiting until you are in your dorm room, curled up with a box of tissues, before viewing this video. Here’s the link for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtNYA4pAGjI
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I’m not a huge fan of country music either, actually I usually find it really annoying. However I have come across a few that do very good jobs of communicating powerful messages in ways unique to country. It sounds like this song might be one of them! I’ll definitely look it up!