26 comments on “Sunny Sweeney: “If I Could”

  1. Jellytot on said:

    She’s from Houston so how do you think?

    If she was from Austin then there is more of a chance she is liberal.

    Unless it’s obviously reactionary in its lyrics or imagery (“Sweet Home Alabama” is a genuinely right wing song for instance. I’ve always thought that), I try and separate the politics of the artist from my appreciation of the art.

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  2. Karl Stewart on said:

    Jellytot: (“Sweet Home Alabama” is a genuinely right wing song for instance. I’ve always thought that

    It was a riposte by Lynyrd Skynyrd to Neil Young’s ‘Southern Man’ – although members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have subsequently claimed it was intended as tongue in cheek.

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  3. Jellytot on said:

    Karl Stewart,

    Never bought into that.

    Al Kooper has tried to make excuses for it and suggest a double meaning in its praise for George Wallace but it was genuinely a Redneck anthem back then.

    The problem is that it is musically a fantastic song.

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  4. Jellytot on said:

    Karl Stewart:
    Jellytot,

    Yes I agree with you there – love the tune, (but very dodgy lyrics)

    “Southern Man” is far better (by a fellow Canuck too).

    Was disappointed that Neil Young indulged Lynyrd Skynyrd by appearing on stage with them once and dueting on Alabama and even slightly disparaged himself in the lyrics.

    Guess he felt he needed the exposure. Sad as he was 10 times the songwriter than they ever were.

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  5. Karl Stewart on said:

    Jellytot: by a fellow Canuck too

    Didn’t know you were Canadian – cool

    Whenever I get talking to someone with an American accent, I always ask them what part of Canada they come from.

    My reasoning is, I might be right and if I am, they’ll be chuffed, and if I’m wrong, I’ve offended someone from the USA…so it’s a win-win!

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  6. Jellytot on said:

    Karl Stewart,

    I am English but am a Canadian citizen. I don’t regard myself as Canadian having only lived there for 8 of my 48 years. But could self identify as one if I wanted to I guess. I certainly don’t have much cultural affinity with them as I can’t stand Ice Hockey !! But I kinda liked ice fishing.

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  7. Jellytot on said:

    Karl Stewart,

    That nice distinct Canadian accent seems to be dying out unfortunately. Most young Canadians, especially young women, sound like they’re from L.A. sadly.

    It’s the dominance of US culture up there.

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  8. Andy Newman on said:

    Jellytot: She’s from Houston so how do you think?

    But lives in Austin. BTW, I believe that Houston did have a majority for Clinton overall, but I suspect voting may have gone on racial lines within the city

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  9. Andy Newman on said:

    Karl Stewart: I’d never heard of her before

    Sunny has been less commercially successful than you would expect. Even though at one stage she was signed to Big Machine records, alongside Taylor Swift.

    Partly she is “too country” for country, and partly she had her break at the same time as Miranda Lambert, and there may be only a market for one Texan gal at a time

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  10. Jellytot on said:

    Andy Newman: But lives in Austin. BTW, I believe that Houston did have a majority for Clinton overall, but I suspect voting may have gone on racial lines within the city

    I lived in Sugar Land. Very White and very Conservative.

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  11. Jellytot on said:

    There was a great Texas based movie last year called “Hell of High Water” with Jeff Bridges.

    It was set in West Texas (as opposed to the wealthier East), Surprisingly for a Hollywood movie it contained a fair amount of class politics too as it was set against the dire economic situation following the ’08 crash (something that Trump tapped into)

    Well worth seeing as it captures that part of the State perfectly (especially the legal open display of firearms – so called ‘Open Carry’ – which scared the shit out of me at first but you get kinda used to it eventually).

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