|Reviewing the Heart of Country Music.|
Drageda.com - The Heart of Country Music
Our very own Review This! contributor, Barbara Tremblay Cipak (Brite-Ideas) is the creator of Drageda.com. I am not writing this review because she is a co-writer on this site. Rather, I am writing this review because I truly find her personal website to be heart-felt, informational, and helpful.
What is Drageda.com ?
Drageda.com is "not your typical find a country song site". Barbara has created the site to assist with finding the right country song for your feeling, special occasion, or that particular moment in your life. Whether it is a birthday, wedding, or memorial.... whether is about family, friendships, love, break-ups, or grief and loss... Barbara reviews and categorizes songs to fit the moment in time.
What in the world does Drageda stand for ?
Drageda stands for Don't Ride Alone Get Emotional Daily Assistance.
Why I Recommend Drageda.com
Even though I listen to country music (I like many genres, and am a radio station surfer, but I tend toward country the most), Barbara's reviews have introduced me to new artists and new songs.
All of her reviews are heartfelt. She provides the links to the music or videos, her interpretation of the songs, and portions of the lyrics.
The site is easy to use. There are a variety of categories that are easily accessible via the links at the top of the page. This includes the categories: Breakup, Family, Friend, Funny, Hope, Happy, Love, Perspective, Time Passing, and Death & Loss. There is also a Country Gifts category. Some of those categories have sub-sections.
If you can't find what you need there, or just for fun, check out the Country Song Lists page. While on the website, that link can be found in the very top left corner of the page. You'll be taken to a page where the categories of songs are searchable and listed by category phrases (in 4 different tables) such as:
- Thank You: I'm feeling so grateful for the people in my life
- Date Night: Songs for a night of just kissing
- Cheater: Support songs if the MoFo cheated!
- USA or July 4th country songs
- Canada country songs
- songs to honor Dad
- songs to celebrate Mom
- and many more categories
Finally, and sometimes most importantly to me, there is a noticeable absence of ads and pop-ups. I really find those "subscribe" pop-ups, ads, and websites that are as full of ads as they are content so annoying that I'll sometimes immediately click out of a site. I appreciate that Barbara (whether intentional or not) is so focused on the feelings of the music and the music itself that disruptive ad placement is excluded. What a breath of fresh air these days.
There is only one small addition that would be helpful for me personally on Drageda.com. That would be a section just for music that celebrates country living and the natural world. When I'm in this mood, that is the music I lean toward. However, even without this specific section, I was able to find the perfect song (and it turns out an entire album) that fits my mood today. Celebrating "country" and the natural world.
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