42 American Country Music
the 1990s, American
country music has become more and more popular. Song writers are
no longer writing about the modern values of the USA---money, success or
expensive things to buy. Instead they are writing once more about
things that are common for everyone: feeling
alone in the modern world, the value of having good friends and so
music was about other things, for example, love---getting or losing a
boyfriend or girlfriend. Money (and success) was also thought to
Then in the 1960s song writers turned to
other subjects. During these years many yonng students were angry
with society, so songs were often full of anger. Political leaders
were not well thought of and those songs often made fun of them.
Today country music has returned.
It has become big business. It brings in between 200 and 400
million dollars a year. Once the home of American country music
was Nashville, Tennessee. Now, however, the music has reached all
parrts of the States, from Los Angeles in thewest to New York in the
east. Singers do not just come from the states but from all over
the world. There arte many famous singers from Britain, Canada and
JAustralia. A lot of them appear on television too.
The first country singers sang while
playing the guitar. It was easy for them to carry a guitar on
their travels. Now, however, a lot of electrical equipment is
needed for large theatres.
Country music today remains much the
same as before. One subject to which country music often returns
is 'the good old days'. In 'the good old days' people thought well
of each other. People loved life in the open air. They
believed that the best things in life were free: sunshine, laughing,
walks in the beauty of the country, friends and music.