Strait from the Heart: Anime Set to George Strait

Today, George Strait celebrates his 59th birthday.  If recognize his name, but aren’t a fan, you may not understand what a major star he was (and is) in country music.  His 57 #1 hits are the most of any singer in any genre ever.  He was most popular in the 80s and 90s, but was still so much of a hitmaker that he was named the ACM’s Artist of the Decade for 2000-09.  Being from Texas (and living fairly close to Strait’s home), I grew up with almost every friend, even those that preferred rap or metal to country, liking the singer.

Strangely enough, as I grew away from country music, I grew into anime.  But today, though I rarely listen to any new country, I still listen to almost as much old George Strait as ever.  His ballads remain heartfelt and strong.  So on his birthday, I thought I’d break the theme of my blog, for just a post, and put together an odd combination – pictures of anime series, characters, and relationships that fit into the lyrics of some of Strait’s songs.

Warning: The following pictures contains spoilers for the series if you read between the lines (or lyrics).

Let’s Fall to Pieces Together
Toradora!

Toradora
Art by つゆは。(Pixiv)

Let’s fall to pieces together
Why should we both fall apart
Let’s fall to pieces together
Right here in each other’s arms

*****


Baby Blue
Air

Air
Art by Koi (Pixiv)

Baby blue was the color of her eyes
Baby blue like the Colorado skies
Like a breath of spring she came and left
And I still don’t know why so
Here’s to you and whoever holds
My baby blue tonight

*****


I’ve Come to Expect It From You
Skip Beat!

Angry Kyoko Mogami
Art by 瀾(ラン) (Pixiv)

A million times, a million lines, and I bought ‘em, every one
You don’t care, you rip and tear every dream I’ve counted on
I guess that I should thank my unlucky stars
That I’m alive and you’re the way you are,
But that’s what I get, I’ve come to expect it from you

*****


I Cross My Heart
Whisper of the Heart

Shizuku Tsukishima
Art by アルク (Pixiv)

I cross my heart and promise to
Give all I’ve got to give to make all your dreams come true.
In all the world you’ll never find a love as true as mine.

*****


The Cowboy Rides Away
Cowboy Bebop

See You Space Cowboy
Art by リク@T&Bに胸熱 (Pixiv)

And my heart is sinking like a setting sun,
Setting on the things I wish I’d done.
Oh the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say,
And this is where the cowboy rides away.

I hope you enjoyed a brief journey through George Strait songs as pictured through fan art.  Even if you’re not a country music fan, I recommend his songs to you – King George is very traditionally country, yet his songs seem to almost universally-liked.  Besides these, I’d recommend you listen to “The Chair,” “You Know Me Better Than That,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,”  “One Night at a Time,” and my all-time favorite, “Love Without End, Amen.”

TWWK

Husband. Dad. Occasionally Korean. Enjoys Star Wars, ASOIAF, and Meg Ryan movies. Tweets before proofreading. Ghibli. Oregairuuuuu. Jesus is King.

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