A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that several songs seem to celebrate drinking, and "Burnin' Moon Light" is a fairly graphic description of a couple's first sexual experience. Liberal, urban, and/or non-Christian families might have a bit of trouble relating to the sentiments expressed in "Love Me If You Can," or the small-town ambiance that infuses almost all of these songs.
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What's the story?
You may find some songs on BIG DOG DADDY getting stuck in your head. For example, "High Maintenance Woman" delivers a blistering lead guitar, a solid rhythm section, and memorably clever lyrics. But there's even more to it than that: It's about nothing less than the concept of social class in America, whether or not we like to admit that such a thing exists. "She wouldn't look my way/but buddy what do you expect/I'm just the fix it up boy at the apartment complex…I ain't asked her out yet 'cause I don't know if I can/you see a high maintenance woman don't want no maintenance man," sings Keith as the regular-working-class guy about his well-heeled fantasy woman. And "Love Me If You Can," might inspire discussions about sticking up for your beliefs even if they are not popular.
Is it any good?
The CD offers a great lead-in to family discussions about wealth and class, and how people from different backgrounds treat one another. Still other songs celebrate booze-fueled party fun, which may make some families uncomfortable. Others might take issue with the sappiness on songs like "I Know She Hung the Moon," or the rather graphic first-time-sex-in-the-car description in "Burnin' Moon Light." But you've got to hand it Toby Keith; he's a man who's not afraid to be himself -- someone who knows his way around both small-town America and a musical hook, and isn't afraid to use it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about standing up for your beliefs even if they're unpopular. Do you find yourself swayed by peer pressure, or are you able to stick to your guns when you really believe in something? "High Maintenance Woman" addresses the issue of social class. Do we really have a class system in the USA? Why or why not?