My good friend Tommy has turned me on to a lot of great rap music over the years, so he would probably be embarrassed to be known as the guy who introduced me to country superstar Tim McGraw. But sure enough, had I not listened to Tommy's "Not a Moment Too Soon" cassette in fourth grade, I might never have known the heartstring-tugging balladry of "Don't Take the Girl." It's the audio equivalent of a weepy Hallmark movie of the week, yet all these years later, despite every aesthetic inclination in my bones, I can't deny what a well-constructed little tearjerker it is.

My good friend Tommy has turned me on to a lot of great rap music over the years, so he would probably be embarrassed to be known as the guy who introduced me to country superstar Tim McGraw. But sure enough, had I not listened to Tommy's "Not a Moment Too Soon" cassette in fourth grade, I might never have known the heartstring-tugging balladry of "Don't Take the Girl." It's the audio equivalent of a weepy Hallmark movie of the week, yet all these years later, despite every aesthetic inclination in my bones, I can't deny what a well-constructed little tearjerker it is.

McGraw has gone on to bigger and better(?) things since then, like having a song written about him by Taylor Swift. But he'd be a fool not to bust that song out at his concerts. Friday is Judgment Day. Don't let us down, McGraw.