Lessons Learned from The Dixie Chicks

Country music may not be everyone’s genre of choice, but there’s no denying that some of life’s most valuable lessons are found in Country songs. No, I’m not talking about songs like “Red Solo Cup” or “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”, though catchy, these songs are not what one would consider profound. I’m talking about one country trio in particular, The Dixie Chicks. These country gals sang stories with morals and lessons, here are a few of the lessons I learned from growing up listening to their music:

1. Stand up for yourself.

If there’s any consistent message throughout the music of The Dixie Chicks, it’s that you’ve got to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Songs like “Not Ready to make Nice”, “There’s your Trouble” and “Ready to Run” are sweet and feisty at the same time. They assert their message that you can’t let people walk all over you and that in this life, there’s no time to waste with the wrong people.

2. You’re nothing without your girls.

The Dixie Chicks are all about girl power and it’s awesome! Almost all of their songs are written like a story, talking about a girl that everyone can relate to, talking about love, friends, and family. In addition, the all-girl group discusses things like, being there for your girls in their lyrics, in addition to going out and having a good time on the dance floor.

Watch: Somedays You Gotta Dance

3. It’s ok to fall, as long as you get back up.

In songs like “Cold Day in July”, you learn that shit happens and relationships are messy, but it’s ok because the sun’s gonna come back up and the next day’s gonna be just fine. Even if the worst happens to you, you can overcome it and if not you should look for a cowboy to take you away.

4. Never end up with an “Earl”.

One of my favorite songs, because it’s so wonderfully twisted is about two girls named Wanda and Maryann who take matters into their own hands when one of them has an abusive husband. Basically, the message is never settle for an “Earl”. Watch the video and you’ll get it.

5. Romance knows no borders.

I’m really not very patriotic, in the sense that I’m not one to shout U.S.A. at sporting events or sing I’m Proud to Be an American loudly on July 4th. But, there’s something so special to me about men and women who risk their lives to fight and leave their families behind. The song “Traveling Soldier”, in my opinion is one of the most romantic songs ever. I don’t know if it’s the letter writing or the idea of waiting for that one special person to return home, but I just adore this song. Plus, the music video is adorable and it has Josh Harnett (hottie alert)!

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