Rap Music vs. Country Music, polar opposites

I’ve believed the following statement for more than a decade, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it. I’ll preface the idea with these two truths:

  1. I love music, all kinds.
  2. This is neither a slam for rap or country music, just an observation.

OK, are you ready? Well first, if you have time, and let’s face it, we ALL have time #coronavirus …check out a brand new rap video that’s already nearing a million views, followed by a country music video with over 1.5 million views…

So after watching these music videos, do you agree or disagree with this thought:

Country music is about who we (the listeners) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re just like us.

Rap music is about who they (the artists) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re not just like us.

To expand on that a little, I believe most of country music (of course, there are exceptions) is driven by lyrics that show the commonalities we have as humans. The singer is saying, I am just like you. It’s why the cliches of singing about a dying dog, divorce, or drinking beers even exists. You can have someone like Luke Bryan who has a net worth of $140,000,000 singing about relaxing or partying on a beach like those of us with a net worth of <$140,000,000 like to do. In reality, Luke’s lifestyle is a lot different than the common person, yet he wants us to think he’s just like us.

In rap music (and just like country music, there are exceptions to this), the lyrics are driven by fame and fortune, to put it simply. Just using the “You Know You Lit” video from earlier in this post, the line “Balenciaga, got like 10 pairs,” shows the difference in perspective. I had to look it up, Balenciaga shoes make the Air Jordan 11 Retro’s look like a bargain. Hundreds of dollars for one pair! There are many other rap songs that ultimate say, You want to be like me. Whatever the net worth of these artists are, they want you to believe they wipe their buts with hundred dollar bills. In other words, envy them because they have what we all want.

I’m guessing reality is bit less glamorous than these rap artists want us to believe, and perhaps for the country artist, more glamorous than we know. What are your thoughts about this? If you have insight or opinions, share in the comments below! Until then… Gucci, Gucci, Gucci!

-Out of the Wilderness

“I’m Gonna Do That” – a middle of the night poem

I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and have these random lyrics in my mind. I happened to record this one. I think it’s a country song, especially because the hugging dogs thing.


I’m gonna trust my life to the God of the Bible.

I’m gonna love my wife every day that I’m breathing.

Gonna lend my money to those that need it.

I’m gonna do that, do that.

I’m gonna eat more veggies and maybe some tofu.

I’m gonna pay all the money back that I owe you.

Gonna hug my dogs a little bit longer.

I’m gonna do that, do that.

‘Cause life is short and life is sweet

and every day that goes by, I just believe

that we’d all be happy if we just get along.

So take your time and savor the moment.

Don’t shrink back but keep on growing.

All the cliches that you’ve ever heard,

are kinda sorta true which is what you preferred.

So live your life like you were dying

and there’s no such thing as racial profiling.

If you’re tired of your story, turn some pages.

Live your life outside of Lexus cages. 

Let’s do that, do that.


*Please note, 4 of the last 5 lines include nods to some of my favorite songs… Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying,” Bone Thugs “Riding Dirty,” REO Speedwagon “Roll With the Changes,” and Switchfoot “Gone”

-Out of the Wilderness

How many dogs in the history of pup-kind have eaten one of these?

It’s kind of like that one song you’ve heard with a word you’d never expect to hear in the lyrics. Like “spool”… how many songs have ever included the word “spool”? I can tell you there’s probably only one…

That’s right. Just like there’s probably only one song with “spool” in the lyrics, there’s probably only one dog that’s ever eaten…

a sea horse!

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pictured is the sea horse who is no more, in his last sea-lfie

Yep, I hate to say it, but my 10-year-old beagle was feeling a bit horse the other day. Was she sick? No, no… she’s fine. But she ate Sea-biscuit!!! Yes, you read that right. I was at a beach on the gulf coast of Florida and randomly found a sea horse who had apparently passed away recently. He was floating in the shallow waters and wow, what a moment! I’ve only seen a sea horse in the wild once in my life, and now twice. I reverently picked it up and stored it for the trip back to the house so I could show the rest of the family.

A few folks got to see it before the pup-petrator commited– *ahem* ALLEGEDLY commited– the crime. I had set Sea-marty Jones in a spot where he would dry out, safely away from most activity around the house. A few hours later, Snack Beauty was gone! A potential witness stepped forward with some information, very incriminating information, about one of the dogs who shall not be named, but who is known for eating anything that is close to being edible. The witness said he saw this dog near the area of Sea-cretariat.

So we don’t have hard evidence to lock the canine up, but we know her well enough to know with 99% certainty she had a salty snack that day! Plus, that very afternoon when a squirrel ran by, I could swear I heard a neigh where a howl should’ve been 🙂

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looking awfully pupspicious

So long, BuSEAphalus…

-Out of the Wilderness

Man forgoes standard home security for “coronavirus” method instead

Sikeston, MO — A Sikeston man was questioned over the phone about a sign seen on his door in the last week or so, after reports from neighbors questioned it’s authenticity. Concerns grew from the homemade warning to which the man, who’s name we will not include for sake of privacy, responded, “If anyone wants to break into my house, they have to think to themselves first, ‘Is whatever I might get from this house worth getting the coronavirus also?’ I can tell ya right now, it’s not. All I have is a small TV and a lot of regrets.”

We chose not to take the bait on what regrets he may be speaking of, but during the course of the interview we couldn’t help but notice lots of meowing cats in the background and something he uttered about bitcoins.

Asked if he was actually diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, or if this is just some sort of stunt, he replied with a series of coughs and a few sniffles. Below are a couple of images courtesy of the Sikeston man, who wishes everyone well but warns his neighbors to stop with all the “nincompoopery.”

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Why I prefer Uber Eats over Postmates

As a delivery driver for Uber Eats and Postmates, what success comes down to are these two things: money and convenience. Simple as that. There are other delivery services out there (GrubHub, DoorDash, Bite Squad, etc), but so far I’ve only worked with Postmates and Uber Eats, so that’s what I’ll cover in this post. 

Back to the two most important things… money and convenience. In late 2019 Uber Eats made a fundamental change that changed everything. Before this redesign of the app service, Uber Eats was lacking the same benefits Postmates was providing for drivers. Basically, Uber Eats sucked and here’s why… (remember this is all as a driver, I’m not sure how the app looked on the customer side)…

Uber Eats – 2019 and earlier
When a delivery popped up in the app, I could see where I’m picking up from but NOT where I’m delivering to. Many times I’d pick up from a restaurant within a mile or two (good), but then the delivery would be miles and miles away (bad), taking me out of the area I wanted to work in.

Postmates – 2019 and earlier
Postmates was good about showing the pick-up location and drop-off location before I’d have to accept or decline the delivery. The downside was they didn’t pay much per delivery.

Uber Eats – late 2019 to now
Uber Eats is glowing in its ease of use now! Sometime in late 2019, they made changes to include seeing both pick-up and drop-off locations as well as how much each delivery will pay. Another nice convenience is that the orders have already been placed so all I do when I get to the pick-up is literally just pick up the order. One potential drawback is they’re now offering a service where I (the delivery driver) have to make the order and pay for it (using an Uber Eats credit card, of course). I don’t see this as a good thing for me as a driver. It slows me down. Other pros: communication with the customer is easy and smooth through the app, tips go into my account within an hour, boost hours. Cons: while I’m on a delivery, I’ll get offers but can’t see where the drop-off location is. 

Postmates – now
One of my least favorite things about Postmates, well, I have two least favorite things. The pay sucks. I might spend 30 minutes on a delivery from beginning to end and make $3. In what world is that acceptable? But what annoys me the most happened again just yesterday. Here’s the quick story. Let’s say I was downtown, I’ll call that area 1. I received an offer for a pick-up in area 2, then delivering back to area 1. Fine, I’ll do that. As I was on my way to area 2 for the pick-up, Postmates automatically added an order onto the one I accepted. I checked the app to see what was going on and the new order they assigned to me was the same pick-up location (good) but the delivery is in area 9, about 8 miles away (very bad)! No, thank you. On top of that, they don’t let me drop the new order. I must either do both, or cancel both. That’s a huge no-no, in my world. The icing on the cake is that even if I did both, I would’ve spent an hour and made $3 per delivery. That’s $6. Again, no thank you. Pros: seeing both pick-up and drop-off locations. Cons: everything else. 

I’m this close to dropping the Postmates app altogether because now they are sorely outmatched by Uber Eats. 

What are your experiences with these apps, either as a driver or customer? How about any of the other delivery apps out there? Chime in below, I’m curious!

-Out of the Wilderness

Books on consignment

One thing I’ve learned being an author is that many bookstores will sell books on consignment. What this means is that the author doesn’t earn anything until the book sells. When it does, both the author and bookstore make money, a win/win!

Over the years I’ve had my children’s books in various stores around the country and last weekend I added another. It was such a pleasure to drop off both titles to Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Calhoun, Georgia. This was the perfect stop on my way to Atlanta to join up with family for one of my niece’s dance competition weekend.

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I hope the books sell! The folks in the store were so nice so if you’re in the Calhoun, GA area (link to Google maps here), make sure to stop by and pick up a signed copy! Or, ya know, you can always contact me OR find them on Amazon here

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness