Compass by Lady Antebellum

Ahhhhh. You guys. I needed to share this song with you. I’m obsessed. Just stop what you’re doing and dance around your apartment like me and we can have a virtual dance party. Hit replay and thank me later.

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Music Has Something About It

wpid-7b339ed8d529e837db59fa04d36eb5e9.jpgHi. So you already know I’m obsessed with Miranda Lambert. And I have been since she opened for Keith Urban’s Days Go By Tour when I was 15. That concert was so amazing. From then on I was hooked and drawn to the adrenaline rush that  listening to live brings. (I believe your first concert will always have a special place in your heart.)

Anyways, whenever I’m in a transition time in my life, my go-to song is “New Strings” by Miranda Lambert. Or if feel like blasting music with the windows rolled down so I can sing my heart out shamelessly, I put this one on too. Not many songs have been in my top five for a long, long time like this one. I go through phases with fave songs as I get older and my tastes change (which is a really, really good thing! Looking at you Clay Aiken, yikes!). I’m sure your tastes have evolved over the years too!

Music has something about it that I just absolutely love. Isn’t it funny when you hear an old song, and it brings you back to an exact moment of your past? So, who was your first concert? What are songs or artists that you lean on?

Happy Birthday to “The Man in Black”

Today would be Johnny Cash’s birthday if he were still alive. So I just want to shout… “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHNNY!!”

Johnny Cash & June Carter

People always say they wished they lived in a different decade. Well, I can’t pick a decade because I love a lot of them for very different reasons, but I wish I could have lived in the Johnny Cash era. That era when people would scream their faces off because he was rolling into their town for a small-venue concert. I would have loved to see Johnny in concert, but I can still celebrate his b-day anyways!

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I don’t need to get into this now, but in my opinion, he transformed country music to make it be as we know it today. And for that I’ll forever be grateful! Now I’m just getting dramatic. It’s time for me to leave.

OK but really quickly before I go…my five favorite Johnny songs in no particular order.

  1. Ring of Fire
  2. Jackson (with June Carter)
  3. I Walk the Line
  4. Get Rhythm
  5. Folsom Prison Blues

Now I’m really leaving, and I’m probably going to watch “Walk the Line” this weekend. You should too!

My Visit to the Farm

Over the weekend I drove up to the St. Cloud area and visited my cousins. I went to a 25th surprise birthday party for one of my cousins and it was great! We had snacks and I got to catch up with a lot of my mom’s side of the family. I also played with two baby cousins for a few hours. Who could go wrong with that?

So, I stayed overnight at my cousin’s farm on Friday night. I woke up at 6 a.m. for chores! That’s a big deal for me since I usually sleep until 10 or 11 a.m. on weekends (don’t judge). My cousin did her business milking the cows, but I helped with sweeping hay.

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I mostly stayed busy keeping her puppy, Hatchet, and barn cat, Merle, away from each other. Those two are ruthless! Hatchet actually put his mouth around Merle’s tail and yanked. It was hilarious but also terrifying.

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Hatchet the puppy.

Merle the barn cat.

Merle the barn cat.

I loved visiting the farm for a night. Sometimes surrounding yourself with family is all you need to clear your head. I warned you I was a country girl wannabe, didn’t I?

Country Girl Wannabe

OK, so let’s be real here. I’m a total country girl wannabe. I’ve lived in cities my whole life and now I’m a resident of Minneapolis, which means I’m  the farthest thing from a real country girl. I do, however, appreciate country living and hope to move to the quiet country someday. I’ve loved country music since kindergarten (back when Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw were just gettin’ started) and have always loved visiting my cousins’ farms. I used to tag along for rodeos, attend 4-H meetings and run around the farm helping with chores.

I’m not saying I’d fair well on a farm, I honestly have no idea how I’d do. When push comes to shove, I don’t know if I’d be able to handle the (sometimes) harsh weather conditions and physical labor day after day. What I do know is that my farmhouse would be decorated absolutely beautifully.

So, here are a few of my favorite country-inspired pins from Pinterest.

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So at this point in my life, I’ll continue to appreciate all things country.

I Love Country Music

So I haven’t written in a week. That can’t be good, can it? Don’t real bloggers post every few days? I guess I haven’t figured out my frequency yet. I was hoping for 2-3 posts per week. I promise I’ll try to get the hang of this.

(If you despise country music, don’t continue reading. You’ll only get annoyed with me and I won’t be cool with that.) Last Friday night I went to the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley concert. It. was. amazing. I don’t need to go on and on about it because it was one of those “you had to be there” kind of concerts (as most are). I loved it though. This was my third time seeing Miranda (technically fourth if you count when she opened for Keith Urban back in 2005, but I don’t count that!) and second time seeing Dierks. They both put on an unbelievable show. One minute I’d have the goosebumps, the next minute I was singing/shouting and dancing like a fool.

 
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Miranda played “New Strings” which is my favorite song of hers. Actually, one of my favorite songs to exist.  My favorite part of the song is cheesy but true, and applicable to a lot of things in life, “I guess if you don’t jump you’ll never know if you can fly.”

Don’t worry, this won’t be last time I’ll blog about country. Why? Because it’s the best. “It’s only about broken hearts and people who get drunk.” So, everything on Top 40 isn’t about the same thing? At least country isn’t auto-tuned. OK, I won’t continue my rant. I’ll devote another post to why I love country so much.