November 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm , by Nick Shell
When theToyota Tundrawas delivered to me last week to test drive for 7 days, as part of your 3rd birthday gift from me, the SiriusXM radio was set to a jazz station.
In theory, jazz is technically my favorite kind of music.
However, considering the vehicle I was driving, it just felt wrong while going the quarter of a mile from my office to your school.
In fact, I almost think that any new Toyota Tundra should automatically come with a cowboy hat…
So, I changed the station to Country music.
After your intial ecstatic reaction to seeing the truck for the first time and I got you buckled in, you asked me, “Daddy, what’s that music playing right now?”
“That’s Country music, son.” I explained.
It was about that time that we discovered the entire back window behind you rolled all the way down with the simple flip of a switch.
That, combined with the moonroof being up, created the ultimate “pick-up truck convertible” situation as we cruised through the constant red light stops of Cool Springs, TN as Willie Nelson played through the stereo.
The next morning, and every day I didn’t automatically set the station to Country, you simply requested/mumbled:
“Country music, Daddy.”
It wasn’t until this past week that I even realized you had no idea what Country music even was.
Growing up in the same small town as the band, Alabama, it was a given that the first (and main) kind of music I heard when I was a boy was Country music.
Granted, our family lives in Nashville, so it’s about time you know what Country music is about.
You were born in this city.
So maybe I need to do a better job of introducing you to more Southern culture.
I’d say getting to ride around in a huge pick-up truck while listening to Country music the week following your 3rd birthday is a good start.
Disclaimer: The vehicle mentioned in this story was provided at the expense of Toyota, for the purpose of reviewing.