In a year where sexual assault scandals rocked the country, from the Congress to Hollywood, and #metoo was person of the year, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill put their voices behind the movement to make a stand for women. The pair’s bluesy “That’s How You Speak To A Girl” has a clear message for both men and women. And that’s exactly how the couple intended it.
An Unforeseen Impact
“That’s How You Speak To A Girl” is actually more relevant and powerful than the couple could have foreseen. Released the early part of 2017, the track’s full impact couldn’t have been known until 2018. It wasn’t until the end of 2017 that the sexual assault scandals had broken, coast to coast. And who knows what more may be revealed in this year.
So with only two verses, McGraw and Hill made a statement that was bigger than they ever intended. But that certainly isn’t to say it was an accident. The message was completely intentional. The parents of three daughters, the couple has natural concerns about the safety and well-being of their children.
A Special Song
As McGraw said to Nash Country Daily, “It’s one of our favorite songs that we’ve ever done. It’s just a really special, special song. I think it says so much. When songs can be timely and really move you and really have a message, then you know that you have something special. I think that this song really is a special song. It’s special for us, having three daughters—me being a husband and Faith being a mom of three daughters and growing up in a world of all women like I did, I think it’s just a really special song.”
In the same interview, Hill echoed her husband’s sentiment. “It kind of gives you a landscape of how to speak to a girl, and what the important parts of language are when it comes to communicating with one another—with a woman. It’s about truth and honesty and respect. The biggest one being respect.”
A Bluesy Sound
Interestingly, as individuals, McGraw and Hill both have a fairly traditional country sound to their tracks. As a couple, their music has much greater crossover. “That’s How You Speak To A Girl” is no exception. It has a bluesy, easy-listening feel to it. The video for the song is quite sultry, showing the two of them caressing each other and singing into each other’s eyes.
But regardless of the genre, the song’s strength is in its message. One that is hopefully heard loud and clear in this new year.