Hey hey y'all! Happy Thursday- hope you're having a fabulous week so far. The work never seems to end here at school, but Thanksgiving break right around the corner is providing some motivation to just knock things out.
You want to know my secret for getting through long nights of studying? Get ready... It's my country music playlist. Surprisingly enough, when I was younger, I detested country music. I never listened to it and couldn't tell folk from country. When I started working in midtown Atlanta during the summer after I graduated high school, my early morning commute usually ended up being 30-45 minutes, and I quickly found that the local country radio stations (yes, there are multiple...) were the ones that had the least ads/commercials. I decided to give the stations a listen, and I haven't looked back since. I now listen to mostly country more than anything else, especially when I'm at school, as it easily transports me back to home and sipping on iced tea on my porch. Getting through long nights often means putting in my headphones and blasting my country music until it's just me and some country singer crooning.
Why is this a guilty pleasure? Well, New York City isn't really the country music mecca that Nashville is, so more often than not, the people I run into or the people I'm friends with don't listen to country. My closest friends on campus refuse to "tolerate [my] country music addiction" and just ignore the fact that I listen to it. They think it's funny, and I just choose to listen to it. We've agreed that I won't make them listen to it and they won't make me listen to their music I don't enjoy.
I've found that while country music isn't as widely listened to or accepted at school, there's definitely an appreciation for it back home and among other Southerners here at school/up north. Bringing up Thomas Rhett or Luke Bryan often elicits a hearty laugh or wry smile from someone who's also from below the Mason-Dixon line, and it's an immediate understanding.
If you're interested in listening to the playlist that gets me through my roughest days, feel free to visit it here. It's my most listened-to playlist and probably my longest, clocking in at close to 20 hours worth of songs. Enjoy it if you like country, or feel free to give it a listen if you've never heard country before!