Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah, Free for CAPC Members
Paradoxology provides an apologetic for uncertainty and a defense of discomfort.
When one drives 12 hours in one day from Florida to Kentucky, as I did this past weekend, one gets pretty darn desperate for ways to occupy the time. Usually, I bring plenty of podcasts and CDs to listen to, but I was out of podcasts and while going 75 on the interstate is not always the best time to search for new CDs. NPR was playing classical music, as it often does in the southern states. I was stuck. Desperate. And there was no way I was going to listen to Top 40 radio.
So I did the unthinkable: I listened to a country music station.
At first, I was listening ironically. It’s easy to find entertainment when listening to such hits as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” But as I continued to listen to the top 7 songs of the Foxworthy Countdown, I found myself not only really enjoying the music, but also finding an odd affinity for the whole genre of country music. People who know me well know that this represents the beginning of the end of the world.
So, as we await the implicitly imminent return of Christ, I thought I might share with you some things I really appreciate about this mysterious world of country music.
I’m sure there’s more than this, but this is just the sort of thing I became acutely aware of after listening to country music for about 30 minutes… until I couldn’t take it anymore and had to cleanse my palate with some Sufjan Stevens.
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