Here’s a mildly entertaining and totally irrelevant piece of serialized, Music City-tinged moving-picture history to kill another two minutes on a slow-ass news day. It’s a recently uploaded YouTube clip compiling three 1996 Southwest Airlines commercials that double as boosterism vehicles for Nashville. Well actually, one of them is more Tejas-tinged, as you’ll see.
Still, despite some corporatized, country-as-fuck lyrical literalism — including shout-outs to “harmonies in Studio B” and The Parthenon — the bluegrass-y jingles sure showcase some pretty sick harmonies themselves, don’cha think? I know I can always appreciate a little harmonic deceptive resolution in a sales pitch.
One thing these clips fail to highlight, though, is that our own BNA “International” Airport has to be, without a doubt, among the most procedurally painless aerial transportation hubs in the country. And I’m not talking country music, even if these antiquated commercials are.
So, does anyone recognize any notable local musicians appearing in these countrified clips?