Farewell, Summer

There has been an interesting phenomenon in country music for pretty much the entire history of country music but especially acute for the last decade or two, namely to be the progenitors of a Southern self-consciousness and romanticism — extolling the virtues of the South or rural, small town life in general. Sometimes it is annoying, in the way romanticism in poetry and music in the 19th century got annoying. But sometimes it is pleasant and harmless, actually serving to recall beauty and blessings in a way Plato would probably appreciate in spite of his suspicions of art. As a case in point (and in honor of summer’s end), I think this song and video exhibits the latter:

“Nothin’ Like the Summer” by Carmen Rasmusen


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