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The Wild Ride of 2020 . . . As Told Through Country Songs

Here’s one way to do a 2020 Year-In-Review.  WhiskeyRiff.com matched each month with a country song that summarized our mood and/or feeling at the time.  Are you willing to revisit the nightmare?  Okay, here we go . . .

January: “Here For The Party”Gretchen Wilson.  A party to start a new year and a new decade.  Oh, how our hopes were high.

February: “Wish I Didn’t Know Now”Toby Keith.  We were still cruising along with concerts, award shows, and the Super Bowl, but . . . as Toby says, “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.”

March: “I Saw a Tiger”Joe Exotic.  The terrible COVID-19 tiger arrived, and as we all locked down, at least we agreed on one thing:  Carole Baskin killed her husband.

April:  “I Hate Everything”George Strait.  By now it’s clear the pandemic has us in a chokehold.  Everything that’s fun is canceled, and to top it off, the disease takes Joe Diffie and John Prine.

May:  “Six Feet Apart”Luke Combs.  Social distancing had us watching Livestream concerts, until we got bored.  Exactly how long WILL we have to stay six feet apart?

June:  “Black Like Me”Mickey Guyton.  The tragedy of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor was another punch to the gut  . . . and nobody in the country music community spoke more powerfully than Mickey Guyton.

July:  “Mr. Mom”Lonestar.  No school, no family vacations, and parents stuck working from home.  More dads than ever find themselves being “Mr. Mom”.

August:  “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”Merle Haggard.  Was Summer 2020 a complete waste?  At this point, there’s nothing to do but just stay here and drink.

September:  “The Boys of Fall”Kenny Chesney.  Will football happen?  Maybe.  Then again, maybe not.  Hey, whatever form it takes, we’re in.

October:  “I Will Always Love You”Dolly Parton.  This is US loving Dolly for . . . asking “Playboy” to help celebrate her 75th birthday, for bringing Stephen Colbert to tears with just her voice, and for donating $1 million to help get us a vaccine.

November:  “The Snake”Eric Church.  Oh yeah, that election.  Voters went to the polls to choose between . . . a rattlesnake or a copperhead?

December:  “If We Make It Through December”Merle Haggard.  Let’s see . . . We’ve been through social distancing, mask debates, protests, no concerts, no restaurants, lives lost, and a brutal election cycle.  If we can just make it through December . . .


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