Tim McGraw Leaves Something to the Imagination

"You Want to Let Everybody Just Sort of Have Their Own Story"

The first time we hear a song we love, we let our imaginations run wild and wonder, “Ooh, what would that music video look like?” And then we start directing our own video shoots in our heads.

Tim McGraw loves that kind of personal creativity.

As much as he loves making music videos, sometimes he wishes he didn’t have to and would be perfectly content allowing fans to make up our own visuals for how the story should play out.

“I want people to live with it,” he said. “And I also want them to create their own stories out of it. … I think that the story that they create sometimes can be even better than the video that you could create. So sometimes you don’t want to do that. You want to let everybody just sort of have their own story.”

It’s true. I often think of a visual image when I’m listening to a great song, especially when the lyrics are particularly vivid. And I don’t know about you, but sometimes I prefer my version rather than the one portrayed in the official music video.

I’ve been coming up with visual images every time I listen to McGraw’s new single, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.” Talk about a story song just begging for an epic video treatment.

I like to picture a heartbroken man or woman sitting on a wobbly stool in a dive bar, running a finger over the rim of a half-empty glass of whiskey, taking a drag from a Marlboro while thinking, “Why am I smoking this cigarette right now?”

Desolate, bleak and just plain old sad, I know, but that’s the beauty of that song! That’s true blue country at its finest.

But I’m curious. How do you see the video for “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools?” You never know. McGraw might be open to our suggestions.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.