By Boot Recruit Myra
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a country music artist can depict the worst possible aspects of life with such glorious, foot tapping melodies. It’s wrought with years of “woe is me” tunes that sear the heart of practically everyone who has lost something. If we can somehow tap our feet or do a little line dance, whatever ails us will eventually pass. Why not sing about it to pass the time eh?
We salute our friend, Joe Nichols who has the uncanny ability to put a song together that not only twangs of “woe is me” in true country form with a great foot tapping beat but reminds us that every day brings a fresh start. It’s about new beginnings, stepping out in faith that a new dawn brings with it challenges but certainly glorious moments of awe and inspiration to see the day through.
His new video “The Shape I’m In” presses past the typical down-in-the-dumps country element to the true spirit of never giving up. If you’ve heard our friend Marcus Luttrell of the Love Survivor Foundation speak, you know his favorite phrase is “never give up”.
Serving in combat, on the front lines, even in somewhat peaceful territory, our military experience some jarring realities about the rest of the world when called upon to defend our freedom. Getting back into the swing of things isn’t always what life was like before enlisting. It may include a new routine in the morning, involving putting on prosthetics or driving a tricked out car for the wheelchair, or a dedicated canine trained to get you from point A to point B. Maybe it involves getting past body-altering scars by using specialty clothing and going out in public once again. Now THAT is the epitome of never giving up!
Therein lies the brilliance of the video. It’s the visual of whatever shape “normal” is for every person. It’s perfectly balanced between twanging heartbreak and never giving up with enough boot-tapping beat that finds you singing “I’m doing alright for the shape I’m in” when you least expect it!