Christian songs by Alan Jackson

In CMT’s recent Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo said it best when he wrote: “In some ways, Jackson has become the Ernest Hemingway of country music. In writing, that is. Not necessarily in lifestyle. At Hemingway’s best, he told stories very simply, getting directly to the point. He knew his subject inside out, whether it was bullfighting or deep-sea fishing and could brilliantly tell a vivid story about it in as few words as needed. Similarly, Jackson, has staked out his turf and can write and sing about it in a simple and direct style.”

In great anticipation of Alan Jackson’s forthcoming album called Good Time”, set for a March 4 release, I will be counting down 25 of my favorite Jackson songs. With this list, I am sure that we will discover Flippo’s Hemingway analogy to be quite accurate. Hopefully, his new album will leave me wishing that I could update this list.

“I’ll Go On Loving You”

High Mileage (1998)

Whew! Many times, talking songs don’t quite work for me, but this one certainly does. It’s raw and hot! Jackson is able to use his deep speaking voice to make us forget that he hardly sings.

“It’s All About Him”

It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life (2007) – Denise Jackson book

This is one of two songs recorded for his wife’s book, “It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.” The title was kind of clever because it made the average tabloid reader think it was referring directly to Alan. In reality, the title refers to a Greater Power. Inspired by the book’s title and premise, this is not another love song for his wife, but a song that focuses on God, the One who is credited for saving their once faltering relationship.

“Let It Be Christmas”

Let It Be Christmas (2002)

This is the first of two Christmas songs on this countdown. It’s simple, but captures the spirit of Christmas. In all actuality, the words may be somewhat cheesy, but it sounds like a classic coming from Jackson. It’s one of the few times that a children’s choir works.

“Rainy Day In June”

What I Do (2004)

This song captures the essence of loneliness very well. It uses the gloominess of a rainy day in June to paint the picture of the singer’s feeling of loneliness since his significant other has left him. “The sky is grey and {he} is blue and Jackson’s performance compliments this sad proclamation.

“It Must Be Love”

Under the Influence (1999)

Alan Jackson proves his ability to interpret a song. This already good Don Williams song is expertly covered by Jackson on this album of cover songs. While he doesn’t necessarily reinvent the sound, he updates it so that it would reemerge as a hit with his own signature sound.

“Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”

Here In the Real World (1989)

This early Jackson song is infectiously catchy. With a sound of innocence, it takes us through the journey of his musical history up to the point of the realization of his “honky tonk dream.”

“That’d Be Alright”

Drive (2002)

With its upbeat Cajun feel, the singer tells us that all he really needs is the basic things in life in order to truly be alright (You know, practical things like money growing on hackberry trees…). It even has a little social commentary: “If everybody, everywhere/Had a lighter load to bear/And a little bigger piece of the pie/We’d be livin’ us a pretty good life/And that’d be alright.”

“Tonight I Climbed the Wall”

A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) (1992)

I'm old!

2012-05-04 23:18:24 by redhead_dogs

I remember hearing the Hank Williams Sr versions of songs before son Bo made them much more famous. Almost everything gets redone at some point but I tend to prefer the older versions of some songs that I really like more than the newer ones. Probably another sign of age.
This is the original Achy Breaky Heart...
I've seen many concerts (old age again) but my favorites and most touching was an Alan Jackson concert in Reno right after 9/11 when he did Where Were You with NYC twin towers scenes flashed up on the boards. Not a dry eye in the place

14 things that killed the Good Ole Boy

2002-01-15 15:17:20 by the_masked_superstar

The Good Ole Boy is not an asshole redneck, though he will get drunk and start a fight with you every once in a while. The Good Ole Boy has the hard-working greasy blue jean style of a redneck. He has the good-hearted generous nature and long dirty hair of a hippie. He has the simplistic attitude of an actual Mexican, not one of these capitalism-polluted Mexican-Americans, but one from Mexico driving a beat up Dodge Dart with a milk crate for a seat. And he has the hair trigger ability to blow up recklessly and violently for no reason of a rock star. He is a hippie Mexican redneck rock star, and the Good Ole Boy is almost extinct

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