Southern Movies and Music
Southern Movies and Music- Culture and Entertainment
We all know entertainment and culture go hand-in-hand with each other. The things we choose to do in our spare time are representative of popular culture trends. I want to talk about some iconic Southern movies and music that I grew up with! The entertainment industry is a huge part of my life and I want to share some of its treasures with you.
Southern Movies- Only the Best
1. Steel Magnolias
If you have not seen this iconic Southern movie, you are doing yourself a disservice. Everything about it is perfect, from the humor, the actors, the location, and the writing. The movie takes place in a modern-day, Louisiana town where a small group of ladies reside and experience life together. Their favorite hobbies include gossiping and fixing hair, which is all Southern ladies used to do back in the day. If none of that is enough for you, Dolly Parton stars in the film, alongside Sally Field, and Julia Roberts. What more could you want than a movie starring the amazing Dolly? It’s a true package-deal for me!
Some of the best quotes come from this film, too. “I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special,” is one of my favorites. Another one is, “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.” Remember when I talked about the importance of living with intention? Lastly, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” I love this quote because I relate to it so well. There is nothing I love more than a good belly-laugh with somebody.
2. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Another Southern classic, this movie shows the beauties of what being a young girl in the South is like. I know we live in a different time, but sometimes I wish I could experience what life was like back then. I love this movie because it shows the contrast between the older generation of Southerners versus the newer generations. Sandra Bullock’s character is a modern Southerner who decides to denounce her roots and move away to New York. Her Southern mother believes her daughter has betrayed her by doing this. Her mother’s old friend group, “The Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” goes to New York to kidnap Siddalee (Bullock) so they can teach her about her mother’s experience growing up and why she treats her so poorly now.
Again, here are some amazing quotes from this film: “Some women pray for their daughters to marry good husbands. I pray that my girls will find girlfriends half as loyal and true as the Ya-Yas.” “Don’t look at me in that tone of voice!” “Girls, we cannot sit here and just puddle. Teensy get your keys, we’ll make our own breeze!”
3. Sweet Home Alabama
Finally, we have the famous movie, Sweet Home Alabama. Every single time I hear think of this movie, I also think of the song, “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Is it stuck in your head now, too? I thought so. Anyways, this movie stars Reese Witherspoon (my queen) and she also plays a Southern girl from Alabama who runs away to live in New York City. She becomes engaged to one of the most well-known bachelors in New York, but certain things hold her back such as her divorce from her high school husband in Alabama.
This movie basically shows what it’s like to live in a small, Southern town. Everybody knows each other and everybody is involved with each other’s past. Some people hate it and some people love it, but either way, it’s life. The love aspect of the movie is also really sweet, so if you and your girls want to get together to watch a rom-com, this is it!
Country Music- My Favorite
1. “Man, I Feel Like a Woman”- Shania Twain
“Let’s go girls!” You all know and love this song! I don’t think there is a song that brings women together better than this one right here. Seriously, women just like to have fun, we get stuff done, and we look good while we do it 🙂 I grew up listening to this song and its meaning is still the same today.
2. “Mama’s Broken Heart”- Miranda Lambert
Personally, I think this is a super fun, revenge song that you can scream at the top of your lungs when things aren’t going your way. Miranda has always had this edginess to her songs and this one is no different. Some of the lyrics say things like, “Hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady,” “Go and fix your makeup, girl it’s just a break up,” and, “My mama came from a softer generation.” Obviously, Southern women have changed a little bit since the older generations. We speak our minds more freely and we’re not afraid to call people out when we know they’re wrong. The best part is, we’ll finish things off with a smile and a “Bless your heart.”
3. “LA”- Lainey Wilson
I am a huge fan of Lainey Wilson’s. This song, “LA,” is all about the LA of the South, Louisiana. This song perfectly sums up what it’s like to be a rowdy country girl, who still likes to wear her makeup and bell bottom jeans. My favorite lyric from the song is, “Country is as country does.” We can’t help that we’re country and we like that! There’s nothing wrong with being a little rough around the edges because the good Lord made us this way 🙂
What are Yours?
I have just shared some of my favorite iconic Southern movies and music with you, so now I want to know what yours are! Remember, sharing is caring and here at Sweet Tea Sippin’, we care. Feel free to share your favorite movies and songs here on the Stories Tab.
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