So as I took the first steps of my run last night the following lyrics came from the latest album from Kacey Musgraves and I knew that this was an album that I was going to like:
“Woke up this morning on the wrong side of rock bottom,
I’m all out of pennies and the well’s run dry….
The title of the album Same Trailer Different Park was what first caught my attention when I saw it at the bottom of the Americana Music Charts, but as the run and the music progresses it was her songwriting and musical style that made the album a treat! A little after the first half mile after “My House” about exploring life with trailer for a home, The song she appears to be best known for “Merry Go ’round” came on and Kacey dissects life in a small town. The line that jumped out, as I huffed and puffed my way on, was:
“We get bored, so we get married / just like dust, we settle in this town,”
So the songs just came flowing, a lot better and faster than my run was going, and I soon heard songs about “Blowin’ Smoke” and love and life. From first listen at NPR Ann Powers writes:
Same Trailer Different Park is a collection of such scraps made whole. The album moves like a novel — specifically like one of those luscious, slow-unfolding revelations of people’s daily lives by Ellen Gilchrist or Marilynne Robinson, or an indie-film classic like Ruby in Paradise, about the quiet fireworks that set a young woman off on her path. Musgraves understands that life’s journey is often circular — the song that’s pushed her into prominence, “Merry Go ‘Round,” makes an obvious metaphor for small-town self-entrapment into something unique and mesmerizing — but she remains optimistic. Whether singing about the grind of a service-industry job in “Blowin’ Smoke,” dreaming of escape in a Class B motorhome in “My House” or assessing the exact potential of a one-night stand in “It Is What It Is” (and going for it!), she’s a reasonable woman bent on making her life better one hard-won lesson at a time. Full Review
So go read Ann’s wonderful review and while you’re at it you can read Kim Ruehl’s take on On Holly Williams, Kacey Musgraves, and the year of the woman in country music But most of all go and listen to the music. At about the 3.25 mile mark Kacey’s song “Follow Your Arrow” came on and it made the last part of the run a lot of fun (even though I was sucking wind). So let’s go “Into the Night” with that song from Kacey Musgraves! Oh the run ended in about 41:13 – 10:18 per mile pace just a little after the album did!