Saturday, April 6, 2013

Follow Your Arrow Wherever It Points

Almost a month later, and I think my unplanned blogging break is over! Yay! That was nice, but it's great to suddenly feel like I have something to write about again. Nothing like radio silence to refresh the mind, I suppose.

Before I start this post, I want to thank everyone who left such sweet and inspiring comments on my last post! I wasn't expecting them at all and they meant so much to me. So thanks readers and special thanks to Kristen, Kari, Heather, Trisha, Mollie and "Country Dumb" (I don't know your real name!) for putting that sweetness out on the internet for all to see, especially me.

This blog may have appeared to be silent, but I think I thought about it almost every day this month. It was always at the back of my mind when I was going through my day, but never really made it to the front of my mind, giving me that urge to sit down and write. So I guess you're wondering what made me sit down today? You're never going to guess, so I'm just going to tell you. Ready?

Kacey Musgraves.

I know, this is probably you right now:

I'm just as surprised as you are. Now, my guess is you're either sitting there being like, who is that? Or you're like, I love her! Or, you're like, what?! I hate country music! Or I thought Sarah hated country music!

I do? I think? I do. But Kacey Musgraves, you've captured my heart!

My musical tastes have gone through tons of different cycles since I bought my two first cassette tapes back in 7th grade (REM "Automatic for the People" and The Cranberries "No Need to Argue") but these days I'd say I don't usually pay attention to what's on the radio that much- and NEVER listen to country stations.  I'd say I  listen to music that falls in the "indie" category  whatever that means. Honestly, I'm kind of at a stage in my life where discovering new music really isn't very important to me.

But then I heard this thing about Kacey Musgraves on NPR. And was all:

Does that mean I'm like an old yuppie now or something? I know that discovering new music because you heard about it on NPR is decidedly uncool, but I've never claimed to be cool, now have I?

Anyway, I just thought, aww I like her voice and the lyrics and the catchiness. It sounded like music I wanted to learn all of the words to because it would be really fun to sing along. Also, I'm training for my first 5k ever right now (more on that in another blog post) and I thought it would be great jogging music. So I downloaded the album they were reviewing on NPR, "Same Trailer Different Park" and not only is it really good, it inspired me to write my first blog post in almost a month. Because I love sharing unexpected joys with you guys! (And kind of making fun of myself while I do it.)

Maybe her music isn't for you, but check it out! This song is one of my favorites:

It's not something I'd normally listen to, but I think it's pretty great. This part of the NPR review I heard really spoke to me:
I was especially struck by "Follow Your Arrow," an anthem of self-determination so of the moment, it might have been co-written via text messages. Excuse me? A mainstream-sounding country song with a chorus suggesting I roll up a joint and kiss people of my same gender? As a country-music fan, I must admit this is a fresher vision of personal freedom than beer, beach vacations and firearms.
Let me know if you like her or if you end up checking her out, and any great jogging music suggestions will be greatly appreciated in the comments!

PS-Gifs are from my very favorite tumblr #whatshouldmecallme and a new favorite blog Effing Dykes, respectively.


  1. I'm so excited you are back, Sarah! I have missed your blogging - you're such a talented writer and I always enjoy reading your posts. Welcome back! I'm looking forward to reading about your jogging too.

  2. Welcome back! It's nice to have you back in the world of blog :) xx

  3. What a great song!! I live in one of those towns. Maybe not quite as small but it was & the mindset is there. I didnt grow up here but my children did and Im so very thankful they moved away before they became this song! Im sooooo very happy you're back! I will post some jogging songs on my blog for you!

    1. Thanks Patty! Yeah, you might want to check out the entire album, I really like it! Looking forward to more jogging songs from you!

  4. You're right, I do like her! I didn't recognize the name, but I did the song! My country loving PA hick heart is happy to hear that you're running to some country music!

    1. You should download the album! xo

  5. Welcome back to your blog! Ha.

    I actually saw Kacey Musgraves open up for Lady Antebellum in London last summer, so I'm happily riding the 'I saw her before she got proper famous' train. That doesn't happen often.
    Of the songs she performed I remembered Merry Go Round and Ain't Your Mama's Broken Heart which is actually Miranda Lambert's newest single I think, but Kacey wrote/co wrote it. Fun fact :)