When I was growing up, everyone idolized Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, and One Direction. I rejected popular music and only listened to country music. I will agree country music has gone downhill in the last decade or so, and I no longer listen to it as heavily as I used to. However, I still listen to Rascal Flatts whenever I’m in the mood for some nostalgia.
Rascal Flatts is a special band to me. Their music helped me through difficult times growing up in a small town who bullied and picked on me for liking country music “too much”. I am willing to admit I lived and breathed country music, but when you pick on someone for something as minor as their music preferences, it only drives them farther away from society and into their safe place.
Rascal Flatts was my safe place. I followed blogs dedicated to them and making various wallpapers and avatars for us fans to use. I actually got into making the banners for Facebook and so I kind of freelanced my limited graphic designer skills.
I have been a fan of theirs since 2006-2007. I saw their music video “Stand” and thought it was really good. Later on, I heard their rendition of “Life is a Highway” and I went to Walmart and my mom bought me their “Still Feels Good” album. And that’s how my life went from the casual fan to ultra mega fan.
I guess with maturity and the music industry moving on with the next biggest thing, I have actually not listened to Rascal Flatts’ newer music much. It sounds generic pop and I get all of the newer songs mixed up with each other. Even at their concerts, the newer songs sound so similar I only know which song it is when they get to the chorus. It takes a lot away from the show when you’re mentally checking the checklist to see which songs they haven’t performed up until that song.
As I’ve written about in the past. Most of their shows have been the same for a while. It took the “mystery” out of guessing which song out of their large discography they were going to play next.
Now, you might be asking yourselves, ‘well what is your favorite Rascal Flatts song?’ This is a great question. Each song has a special place inside my heart, and it’s gotten a lot easier now that I’ve taken a step back and looked at their music as a whole. My favorite song of theirs is “Stand“. Yeah, pretty much the song that introduced me to their music.
I have been blessed enough to have met these amazing and talented men. I was starstruck and just in awe of how “real” they were. I felt like I was in a dream and just on autopilot in a sense. My teenage self couldn’t comprehend how I was actually standing in front of them.
I was able to meet them again a few years later and I wasn’t nearly as starstruck as I was the first time. It was still amazing at how down to Earth they are. Both times were amazing experiences and memories I will treasure forever.
With their “retirement” coming up, and how I still find it difficult to accept the change, I still wish them the best. They will always hold a special place in my heart, and I know they didn’t take this decision lightly.
If I could say anything to them once again, it would be “thanks for everything”.