Kasey Musgraves - "Space Cowboy"
I have been enamored with this rising country queen for 5 years now. Her breakout hit "Follow Your Arrow" was a progressive anthem for the usually conservative country crowd and she's been able to tap into the youthful progressive and hopeful younger country audience.
She's a Grammy winner for best country song, and a genuine voice in what can often be a facade filled profession of music. She's got more than enough pizzaz to turn up a stage and as her 2nd album proclaimed, she's definitely pageant material.
But it's this most recent album where Musgraves has really stepped into her own. She's found a nostalgic country sound blended with the disco country of the 70's/80's and today's folk/pop country that suits her perfectly. Her lush harmonies and heavy reverb make you think of exactly what her title proclaims it to be: "Golden Hour". This one will be on heavy repeat for a while. Just listen to the 1 minute ballad "Mother" and try not to think about your own Mama, thinking about her Mama.
So today, with life orbiting me like the moon, I choose Kasey Musgraves' "Space Cowboy" as my, hold on to your heart, learn to give it away, find the beauty in the broken, song for a, golden and shining, minutes into hours, a life lived fully, Friday.