Friday Favorites

Ah, another week has come and gone. But, it’s also that point in the week to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly moments that have happened in between. Here at The Country Girl at Heart, my job is to point out the good things — the positive things that have helped us get through the week, whether it be a song, a video or just a cute picture. So, here are a few.

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Keith Urban Behind the Scenes Video of John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKdx27gMDTY&feature=youtu.be

There are a lot of people I admire, especially in the music business, but Keith Urban has always been high on that list. Not only does he seem like a chill, down-to-earth dude, but he has a soul and passion for creating and art. I love those people, because I’d like to think that I’m the same way. I would love to have coffee with him someday and just pick his brain about life, you know? This video shows just how genius he is from putting the track of this song together and the recording process.

Music Has Value tank top from Big Machine’s pop-up store

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I was so excited to see that Scott Borchetta decided to launch the “Music Has Value” campaign and clothing line awhile back. I am a firm believer that music has value and should be treated just like any other business, though some might scoff at that idea, because art seems to be a laughable matter or some think it should be free. Anyway, I was able to get one of the tank tops at the store in Nashville last week, and while I was excited to promote the idea, I had no idea they would be so comfy. You can dress it up for a concert or make it casual with yoga pants for workout gear. I kind of want about 12 more and also a bracelet.

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Ashley Monroe’s album, “The Blade”

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Country music just isn’t country music anymore. That much we know already, but then there are rare gems that come out of nowhere, like Ashley Monroe, who are keeping that tradition alive. Not only is she a beautiful storyteller, but she has this unique way of singing them and making you feel something. She was quoted in a Rolling Stone article recently saying that she doesn’t know how to write happy songs, and I don’t know why, but I love that. I’m generally a pretty happy person, but I also can get pretty deep and I LOVE sad songs. I love a good ballad that just makes you want to cry or  makes your heart break, even if you can’t necessarily relate. This album has all of that, and I will be listening to it a lot on these summer nights.

Sweet tea

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It’s pretty much all I drink, so ’nuff said.

“Bless Your Heart…”

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http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1019595/40-southern-phrases-explained

Being southern at heart, I love all of the sayings, like you’re the biscuits to my gravy or that really dills my pickle or all kinds of exaggerated phrases. But, I’d have to say bless your heart is just so classic, because it’s the nice way of saying something like, ‘I hate your guts.’ Awhile back, I bought this wooden inspirational picture from Hobby Lobby and it’s hanging up in my room above my desk. While we were in Nashville, I bought a hatch print that also says it and I’m excited to hang it up.

“I keep a close watch on this heart of mine..” Necklace

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I had seen this necklace on Pinterest a dozen times and had added it to my Wish List forever. After graduation, and having a little extra spending money, I was able to purchase it from Etsy. Being into Johnny Cash right now, I love wearing it, because it makes me feel like a rebel and that’s kind of fun. I also really like the song “Walk the Line.”

I’m sensing a theme with my favorite things. It looks like I’m still on a country kick!

That’s all for now,

Shelby

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